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The two draft Local Nature Recovery Strategies for East Sussex and Brighton & Hove and West Sussex will be published here in early 2025 for public consultation. Once approved, the final strategies will also live on this page. 


In the meantime, component elements of the strategies will be shared here for you to review or download. These include: 

  • Draft shortlist criteria - a method for shortlisting the long list of priorities for nature's recovery that is currently being gathered - Published 5th June 2024
  • Threats and Pressures Report - Published 24th May 2024
  • Areas of Particular Importance for Biodiversity (APIB) Maps - Published 27th May 2024


Draft shortlist criteria

A method for shorlisting the long list of priorities for nature's recovery - Published 5th June 2024

What is it? 

The development of each Local Nature Recovery Strategy must complete key tasks set out in the statutory guidance. These include:

  • Gathering together a long list of priorities for nature’s recovery from multiple sources, including those which reflect the most important issues to local people and organisations;
  • A process of shortlisting, to reduce the long list into a manageable number of agreed, critical priorities that reflect a balance of suggestions from local partners and support national environmental objectives.

A set of draft shortlisting criteria, with which to assess the long list has been proposed, and is available for review. 

View the draft criteria

Thearts & Pressures Report

Part of the description of Sussex and its Biodiversity - Published 24th May 2024

What is it? 

A desk-based study commissioned by West Sussex and East Sussex County Councils to inform the preparation of the Local Nature Recovery Strategy 'Description' for their respective areas.  The 66-page report describes:

  • Future pressures likely to influence habitats and species (their extent, distribution and quality) for the West Sussex and East Sussex LNRS areas;
  • Wider environmental issues affecting the geographical areas which changes in land use or management could help to address;
  • Opportunities for the application of nature-based solutions within Biodiversity Opportunity Areas (BOAs), Nature Improvement Areas and Natural Capital Investment Areas, as well as opportunities for habitat creation and restoration and management of flood risk areas. 


Areas of Particular Importance for Biodiversity (APIB) Maps

Published 27th May 2024

What is it?

A key component of the final Local Nature Recovery Strategy document is the production of a Local Habitat Map. The first part of the mapping process has now been completed for the West Sussex and East Sussex LNRS areas, which is to map existing areas of particular importance for biodiversity. 

The LNRS statutory guidance (March 2023) sets out specifically what should (and should not) be included in the APIB. It states that it should include:

  • All national conservation sites;
  • All local nature reserves;
  • Other areas of particular importance for biodiversity, defined in paragraph 22 of the guidance as all existing local wildlife sites and areas of irreplaceable habitat.

Areas of irreplaceable habitat are defined as those included in the BNG irreplaceable habitats list, namely:

  • Ancient woodland
  • Ancient and veteran trees
  • Blanket bog
  • Limestone pavements
  • Coastal sand dunes
  • Spartina saltmarsh swards
  • Mediterranean saltmarsh scrub
  • Lowland fens

Please note:

The guidance is clear that responsible authorities should not map any other areas as being of particular importance for biodiversity. It notes that this is not to suggest that other areas are not of importance for biodiversity but is to help establish a nationally consistent baseline of areas whose particular importance has already been recognised and are protected. Its states that this will help local nature recovery strategies align well with local planning policy and avoid duplicating with the identification of local wildlife sites.


The APIB maps have been produced by Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre, with advice from the East Sussex and West Sussex Responsible Authorities.



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