The Natural Environment & Rural Communities (NERC) Act 2006, particularly Section 40 (1) states;
“Every public authority (i.e. including Parish Councils) must, in exercising its functions, have regard, so far as is consistent with the proper exercise of those functions, to the purpose of conserving biodiversity*.”
*The diversity of plant and animal life in a particular habitat.
The logical ‘next step’ to deal with this commitment was to embark on an exercise to draw up a broad inventory of the aspects of environmental interest currently, and potentially, within the Parish