Getting started with the section 6 Biodiversity Duty

Preliminary steps

Read the Frequently Asked Questions guidance and decide how biodiversity is relevant to your organisation through its day to day activities, policies, plans, programmes and projects. This initial step will help explainwhy biodiversity is important to your organisation and how the actions of individuals and the organisation as a whole can contribute to maintaining and enhancing biodiversity.

The Nature Recovery Action Plan for Wales lists six objectives which should be used to help with establishing your biodiversity priorities and actions together with the section 7 lists of priority habitats and species in Wales, the State of Natural Resources Report (SoNaRR) and (when published) Area Statements.

Further guidance on this can be found on the Good Practice Page.

Who should take the lead?

Responsibility for compliance lies with the final decision-making body, or the head of the organisation. It should then be possible through their lead to promote awareness of biodiversity throughout the organisation.

This will help integrate biodiversity within the core work of your organisation and embed biodiversity values and benefits into decision making.

Get the right people involved

Ideally, you will need either a person or a team in the organisation to coordinate the planning and action. You can make use of any existing actions, delivery structures and capacity for biodiversity planning within your organisation ensuring this is fully embedded and fit for purpose under the s6 duty. However, it is important to note that one of the primary purposes of the duty is to embed biodiversity considerations throughout each public authority so that each and every employee can contribute.

You can contact the Wales Biodiversity Partnership who can provide or direct you to further advice and guidance.

Communicate

Promoting awareness of and embedding biodiversity throughout the public authority is crucial to complying with the s6 duty. Involve colleagues in what’s happening, seek opinions and raise awareness of the issues.

Here are some of the types of information that you could share on a regular basis to promote biodiversity awareness and maintain interest:

  1. Your organisation’s biodiversity policy, objectives and targets.
  2. Information that explain biodiversity through internal communication channels and leaflets.
  3. Key achievements, progress and success stories.
  4. Ways to get involved and reminders of the little things that can help achieve a lot in local biodiversity conservation.

Examples of all of these can be found on the Good Practice page.

Section 6 Plans and Reports

Under the terms of the section 6 duty it is a legal requirement for public authorities to publish a plan setting out what they propose to do to maintain and enhance biodiversity and promote ecosystem resilience. Below is a list of public authorities that have published plans, but please note that this list is not exhaustive. They are also required to publish a report on what they have done to comply with the duty and the first reports were due at the end of December 2019.

Local Authorities and National Parks

  1. Blaenau Gwent
  2. Brecon Beacons National Park (s6 plan included in the Corporate, business or other plan of the authority) Link to follow
  3. Carmarthenshire
  4. Ceredigion (s6 plan included in the Corporate, business or other plan of the authority)
  5. Denbighshire
  6. Flintshire
  7. Gwynedd
  8. Wrexham (s6 plan included in the Corporate, business or other plan of the authority)
  9. Bridgend
  10. Monmouthshire
  11. Neath Port Talbot
  12. Rhondda Cynon Taf
  13. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority (s6 plan included in the Corporate, business or other plan of the authority)
  14. Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council (s6 plan included in the Corporate, business or other plan of the authority)

Statutory Bodies

Natural Resources Wales

Other Public Authorities

  1. Dŵr Cymru
  2. Powys Teaching Health Board S6 plan completed -awaiting external web link

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Species in Wales

Amphibians & Reptiles

Birds

Lichens

Terrestrial Mammals

Bryophytes

Invertebrates

Helping Wildlife

Wildlife Gardening