Natural environment


As the local Authority for a predominantly rural region, we have responsibilities for a wide range of wild plant and animal species and their habitats. There are a number of nature reserves and other countryside sites across Central Bedfordshire as well as species which are rare or legally protected.

Our Ecologist is involved in all aspects of wildlife protection and conservation. This includes giving advice on general wildlife conservation, on best practice for management of nature reserves and on the ecological impact of development proposals across our region.

We are also involved in wildlife conservation projects with local and national organisation. This includes working with Natural England (link opens in new window) to support the County Wildlife Site system.

Nature Conservation Strategy

We worked with the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire (link opens in new window) to develop a Nature Conservation Strategy.

Its purpose is to identify the overall aims, objectives and priorities for the conservation of biodiversity in Central Bedfordshire and bring them together within a single document.   It will act as acting as a reference document for anyone working within Central Bedfordshire.  This will include those considering the management of green spaces and in the formation of the Development Strategy and other strategic planning documents.

Read the Nature Conservation Strategy (PDF 6.7MB)

To comment on the NCS please email Liz Anderson or write to:

Liz Anderson
Strategic Planning
Central Bedfordshire Council Priory House
Monks Walk
SG17 5TQ

Planning applications (link opens in new window) may need to include details about biodiversity and geological conservation.

The guidance note (PDF 675.7KB) shows what information needs to be provided with your planning application in relation to Biodiversity & Geological Conservation, and in what circumstances this is required.

Find out more about planning (link opens in new window).

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