Organised by Scottish Borders Council, a LBAP development meeting was held earlier this week in Newtown St Boswells. The purpose of the meeting was to bring together stakeholders and start work on the development of a revised LBAP for the region. Attendees included representatives from Scottish Wildlife Trust, Borders Forest Trust, Butterfly Conservation Scotland, Southern Uplands Partnership, SNH, RSPB, SEPA, NTS, Tweed Forum and Forestry Commission Scotland.
It is anticipated the basis of the LBAP will continue to be the priority habitats of the Scottish Biodiversity List however with the insight of stakeholders the ambition is to update the LBAP to reflect the Scottish Borders Pilot regional Land Use Framework and the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy and Route Map 2020.
A further meeting to develop this work is expected to be held later in the year and once complete a full consultation process will follow.