The proposed road, already seriously compromised by the RPG October 02 Report, has not yet been withdrawn. It seriously compromises the Council’s declared policy of fully supporting the Birmingham & Black Country BAP as stated in the Pre Inquiry Changes to the UDP, see sections – Building & Design and Nature Conservation. A number of BAP species occur in this corridor, the council have been informed either directly or because EcoRecord has their presence logged on their database.
Local wildlife groups, Butterfly Conservation, Pensnett Wildlife Group, British Dragonfly Society, along with local residents and other interested parties intend to conduct a full survey of wildlife during 2003 both in the ‘Wedge’ and along potential adjoining corridors that allows biodiversity to flourish in this area in a sustainable manner. Endangered species in the LBAP include the Dingy Skipper & Green Hairstreak butterflies, also the Great Crested Newt. During January 2003 a number of moth species have been included in the LBAP so it is probable a number of light traps will be organised during this year – please contact the organisers for more details.
Competent recorders will be allocated one kilometre squares and asked to ensure a full survey is conducted within the boundary with particular focus given to BAP species. The programme will start in May. The monads are:
Please contact Richard Southwell : tel 01384 397066 or Brian Marsh : tel 01902 894386 if you wish to help with this project or want more information.