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The council is committed to protecting biodiversity and improving the borough for wildlife.

The borough features a variety of habitats important to wildlife and many of these are designated as Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation and Local Nature Reserves.

These sites can be viewed on the proposals map.

Most development sites, even the smallest ones, support wildlife, and it is important that this wildlife is protected and that development sites contribute to increasing wildlife in the borough.

Householders carrying out work that affects roofs or trees must ensure that breeding birds and bat roosts are not harmed, even if planning permission is not required for the works.

The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management provides a directory of accredited ecological consultants who can carry out surveys and provide detailed advice.

The biodiversity supplementary planning document provides guidance to developers, householders and planners on how biodiversity should be protected and enhanced in the borough in accordance with the council’s Local Plan.

The Biodiversity Survey 2016 of Barking and Dagenham updated our knowledge about the Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs) in the borough and identifies new SINCs and Wildlife Corridors. The document also makes recommendations for new Local Nature Reserves and is included in the evidence base for the review of the Local Plan.

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A short guide providing advice on how to protect wildlife and enhance biodiversity on development sites.

Nature and development (PDF, 243.73 KB)

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A list of native plants, shrubs and trees that are beneficial for wildlife and should be included in soft landscaping schemes.

Plants for wildlife list (PDF, 472.37 KB)

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The more information we have about wildlife, the more we can do to protect it.

If you have sightings of wildlife you would like to send us, please complete the Wildlife Records form and return it to planningpolicy@lbbd.gov.uk

Wildlife records form (DOCX, 16.72 KB)

You can also submit records online at Greenspace Information for Greater London

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The council has published a Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity Strategy that sets out how to protect, enhance and expand biodiversity and green infrastructure in the borough. It includes a map of the Green Grid and deign principles for new green infrastructure.

The full strategy can be found in the Evidence Base for the review of the Local Plan.

A short guide summarising the Strategy is available: 

Green Infrastructure and-Biodiversity Strategy - Summary (PDF, 774 KB)