Biodiversity and wildlife

Sutton biodiversity action plan

This plan identifies habitats and species in the Borough that are of national, regional and local importance and outlines a plan of action for their conservation.

The purpose of the plan 

The production of biodiversity action plans has been one response to help conserve biodiversity in the UK. By working together, the public, private businesses and voluntary bodies can deliver far-reaching conservation and enhancement of wild species and wildlife habitats.

In order to develop the action plan, many organisations and partners have come together to produce and implement a five year plan of action, known as Sutton's Biodiversity Action Plan (Sutton BAP for short), setting out specific targets to protect and improve wildlife habitats for the benefit of wild species in Sutton. 

An explanation of Sutton's Biodiversity Action Plan: 2010-2015

Biodiversity does not stop at the borough boundary so a 'local' biodiversity action plan must fit in with regional and national plans. To be consistent with national and regional thinking, the structure and layout of Sutton's plan has followed guidelines set out by the National Biodiversity Network and the Greater London Authority.

This is a living plan, so from time to time it will be necessary to amend and update sections. This is where YOU can influence the future taken by the London Borough of Sutton, to ensure that it remains great for wildlife and people.

To help practitioners, land managers, conservationists and the general public to use the document, it has been broken into sections, which are in turn divided up. You can download the Sutton BAP documents.

What we do 
  • Improve access by providing facilities for the public to see, experience and learn about wildlife, without damaging sensitive habitats
  • Advise on land management and helping to establish conservation programmes for important habitats 
  • Help to create local nature reserves and leading on conservation of the Sutton part of the River Wandle, in partnership with the Wandle Trust.
  • Make the most of our natural environment for the benefit of the economy; for example, through the planning process, we are installing 'living roofs' on some new developments. You can find out more about living roofs in Britain at the Living Roofs website. 
  • Continue to ensure that opportunities are taken to increase biodiversity, for example as a result of flood defence or regeneration schemes.
  • Hold biodiversity events to encourage people to help their local environment and to promote the work we do. Some targets within the biodiversity action plan include:-
  • To to improve the condition of the borough's chalk grassland through appropriate management. 
  • To increase awareness of the role calcareous grassland plays in supporting wildlife.
  • To maintain and improve the current area of semi-natural woodland, scrub, orchards and trees which are of landscape, wildlife and historic interest.
  • To diversify and increase the extent of wildlife habitats within Parks and Open Spaces.
  • To raise awareness of the importance of parks and open spaces in the conservation of Sutton's biodiversity.
  • To maintain and enhance existing areas of rivers and wetland for biodiversity throughout the borough.
  • To survey and monitor rivers and wetlands to determine their ecological status.
  • To maintain and expand the biodiversity of gardens in the Borough.
  • To maintain the extent of privately owned green space.
  • To increase awareness of the role gardens play in supporting wildlife.
  • To maintain and expand the biodiversity of allotments in the Borough.
  • To increase awareness of the role allotments play in supporting wildlife.