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New measures to protect wildlife and biodiversity to be introduced in Babergh after district council approves plan

Plans to introduce a wildlife network map and a community-driven tree-planting scheme in Babergh are set to go ahead, after winning the support of district councillors.

A four-point motion proposed by Elisabeth Malvisi, Babergh’s cabinet member for the environment, which is aimed at helping to protect wildlife and biodiversity in the area, was approved at Babergh’s full council meeting.

The measures will include developing a map to identify and create wildlife corridors and promote eco-tourism, while establishing new wildflower verges.

Wildflower verge. Contributed picture. (18383038)
Wildflower verge. Contributed picture. (18383038)

Cllr Malvisi said: “Recognising the responsibility we have to enhance protect biodiversity and wildlife in Babergh is so important.

“Through the environment and climate change taskforce, we will now look at how we can support biodiversity and wildlife conservation.”

Amendments by the Babergh Greens to provide additional biodiversity resources to support these measures were also approved.

Green group leader Robert Lindsay said: “We amended this motion because we wanted to ensure that planning officers and councillors on the task group get good scientific advice on the best way to manage grassland and verges for wildlife.

“We also want to ensure wildlife habitats are not just protected but created by new developments.

“Simple, cheap measures like swift bricks and hedgehog gaps in fences are often forgotten in planning conditions. The impact of pesticides and herbicides on wildlife also needs to be seriously considered.”

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