Walsall Council has two main responsibilities for nature conservation:
- Protection and conservation of sites, species, habitats and geological features within the borough.
- Management of its own sites for nature conservation.
The management of council land for wildlife is primarily the responsibility of Countryside Services. A link to this team’s web page is below.
The wider responsibility for the protection and conservation of wildlife and geology is the responsibility of the Natural Environment Team.
The Natural Environment Team has the following nature conservation roles:
- Formulating local planning policy for the protection and conservation of the natural environment.
- Ensuring the impact of development requiring planning permission on the borough’s natural environment is properly considered.
- Maintaining up-to-date records of the wildlife in the borough so that there is good information on which to base conservation decisions.
- Reporting to central government on progress with nature conservation in the borough.
- Maintaining schedules of Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs) and Sites of Local Importance for Nature Conservation (SLINCs).
- Declaring Local Nature Reserves. (see link).
Wildlife does not respect borough boundaries so the team has strong links with a variety of partners both inside and outside the council. These include:
- Countryside Services. (Walsall Council)
- Green Spaces. (Walsall Council)
- Natural England
- Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country
- EcoRecord (the ecological database for the Black Country and Birmingham
- Black Country Geodiversity Partnership
- Birmingham and Black Country Biodiversity Partnership
- Neighbouring councils
Telephone 01922 654740
This page was last updated on 25 November 2016