“Nature recovery” is one of the key features of the Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan – and one of the key interests of the Town Council’s Environment Working Group, which is responsible for the ‘sustainability’ parts of the NP.
A Biodiversity Action Plan for the Sid Valley
A priority for both the NP and the Working Group has been to implement a ‘Biodiversity Action Plan’
The Town Council now has it’s own Environment Policy – and is keen to:
Protect, and where possible enhance, the designated green spaces and corridors, conservation areas,
and views, as laid out in the Neighbourhood Plan. (see page 6)
The Neighbourhood Plan is very explicit about these green spaces and corridors – and the river system in the Sid Valley is at the centre:
The Environment Agency Flood Zone 3 of the River Sid and tributaries; the Glen Goyle and Woolbrook Stream in the Neighbourhood Area are defined as Green Corridors as shown on Map 10, 11 and 12. Development within the Green Corridors will be required to maintain and where possible enhance the biodiversity of the corridor and allow uninterrupted passage of wildlife. (Policy 4)
And in the Community Actions of the NP, there is a specific aim:
Community Action BN02 Biodiversity: To create and implement a Biodiversity Action Plan for the Sid Valley.
A Nature Recovery Plan
The Sid Valley Biodiversity Group was set up in June 2020:
The Sid Valley Biodiversity Group brings together people from several of the valley’s community groups to pool ideas and expertise about how to promote and enhance the wonderful natural wealth of the valley.
One if its key aims is to help the Town Council with its Biodiversity Action Plan:
… working with the community and relevant organisations to develop a nature recovery plan for Sid Valley based on research and evidence.
Interestingly, in the months since the Group was set up, the notion of a ‘nature recovery plan’ has replaced a ‘biodiversity action plan’:
Enhancing and enriching the biodiversity of Sid Valley is a gradual process and we can expect incremental changes to be made year on year. In the short term we will produce an action plan with measurable objectives. This will ensure that our work is focused, achievable and that it makes a difference. When we have gathered sufficient data and drawn some conclusions we will work with the community and various organisations to develop a nature recovery plan for the valley.
We will report on progress to Sidmouth Town Council through their Environment Committee. The public will be informed about and involved in our work and we willreport, as required, to relevant organisations such as nature and wildlife groups.
As it’s now very much about ‘nature recovery’:
Nature Recovery and the River Sid
The focus of these pages is how we can enhance the nature recovery of the river and its tributaries.
Here is the section on looking after the quality of the waters of the river system in the Sid Valley:
Here is the part looking at how the River can be made more accommodating to migrating fish: