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Horndean Parish Council Biodiversity Action Plan

Front Cover of Horndean Biodiversity Action Plan 

Horndean Parish Council Biodiversity Action Plan


Biodiversity is the sum of the variety of living organisms from plants, animals and fungi to micro-organisms invisible to the human eye which makes up and sustains our natural environment. Horndean Parish Council manages large areas of land that is valuable to wildlife including Catherington Down which is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (‘SSSI’) due to its ecological status. Nature reserves within Horndean contain a variety of wildlife and habitats which are nationally scarce or in decline. Unimproved chalk grassland and lowland heath are two of the rarest habitats in Britain, in terms of the total area they cover. Most people realise how lucky we are to have access to these areas, but planning the future of these sites and ensuring their welfare can be challenging and it ultimately requires community interest and cooperation.


Biodiversity Action Plans are internationally recognized programs addressing threatened species and habitats designed to protect and restore biological systems. Their principal elements typically include recording information for selected species or habitats; assessing their conservation status; setting targets for conservation and restoration; and establishing timelines and partnerships for its implementation. The Biodiversity Action Plan for Horndean has been written by the Horndean Biodiversity Group with the valuable assistance of other organisations including the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, The South Downs Group, and the Parish Council. The Plan is intended to raise environmental awareness and provide information about the nature that we have on our doorstep and providing a structured approach to preserving these things and giving suggestions for future actions.
Copies of the Plan are held in local libraries and are available here

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The Parish Plan

The Parish Plan
Welcome to the Horndean Parish Plan. This plan aims to:

  • Provide information on issues of importance to the community;
  • Help people become involved in what goes on around them;
  • Give local authorities vital information about the local needs and views;
  • Help individuals and organisations prepare for changes that affect them;
  • Provide useful information when applying for funding for projects;
  • Provide a vision of the community in the future, and how it will be achieved.
Compiled by the current members of the Horndean Parish Community Plan Group, during the period May 2011 – April 2012, it represents the work of many people who have been in the team during 2005 – 2012 without whom this would not be completed, and who are acknowledged at the end of this document. This plan has six sections, each with its own proposals, which form the main chapters:

 

  • Social & Community;
  • Transport & Accessibility;
  • Business & Economy;
  • Urban Environment;
  • Natural Environment;
  • Education.