West Leeds Country Park Visitor Centre Conservation Policy

Conservation Statement

“The West Leeds Country Park Visitor Centre (WLCPVC)  will actively participate in the conservation of   endangered native species, and through education, promote awareness  of native species in and around the Leeds area ”.

Introduction   

As part of the Zoo licensing requirements laid out in the Secretary of State’s Standards of Modern Zoo Practice (March, 2000), all  zoo collections by April 2005 must be expected to have a conservation policy so as to fall in line with the EU Zoo Directive 1999/22/CE,29/03.

The Conservation Policy formulated for the WLCPVC meets Section 7 of the Secretary of State’s Standards of Modern Zoo Practice regarding Conservation, Education and Research which has the following principles: -

Aims  

General Objectives 

Ex-Situ Conservation 

  1. Develop and maintain a collection plan and ensure that a high percentage of species held are of a sensitive conservation nature. The WLCPVC will exhibit species that occur and may have resided in the West Leeds Country Park and are considered vulnerable due to habitat loss.
  2. Breed and maintain sensitive species in line with the appropriate recommendations.
  3. Interpretation will be included to explain the species and habitats and the issues concerning their survival.

1)  Ensure participation at BIAZA record meetings whenever possible.

2)  Maintain accurate and current records on Animal Record Keeping System (ARKS).

3) Maintain accurate records relating specifically to captive breeding, rearing, animal                           husbandry  techniques etc and make available upon request to suitable enquires.

4)   Staff Training. Ensure staffs Continuing Professional Development.

                        1)   Through live displays, slide talks, interactive  and constructive games.

2) Provide opportunities to manufacture shelter, breeding and feeding facilities that will                     help conserve the indigenous wildlife of the WLCP for future generations.

In-Situ Conservation

The conservation policy for the West Leeds Country Park Visitor Centre supports a number of initiatives that are integral to the Leeds City Council Biodiversity Action Plan. For more information on the latter document please click on one of the blue buttons below: -

 

  Leeds Biodiversity Action Plan  Natural Areas section

  Leeds Biodiversity Action Plan Habitat Action Plans

  Leeds Biodiversity Action Plan Vision Foreword Introduction section

  Leeds Biodiversity Action Plan Species Action Plans

  Leeds Biodiversity Action Plan Appendices

 

For more specific information concerning habitat and species development that the West Leeds Country Park Visitor Centre is engaged  in please click on one of the relevant buttons below: - 

Action Plan Progress Birds and Mammals 

 

Habitat and Species Conservation Objectives 

 

 Action Plan Progress Invertebrates 

 


Species

Leeds Biodiversity Action Plan

UK Biodiversity Action Plan

BOCC (Birds of Conservation Concern)  status

1

Harvest Mice

Yes

Yes

N/A

2

White-clawed crayfish

Yes

Yes

N/A

3

Bullfinch

No

Yes - Priority

Red List

4

Grey Partridge

No

Yes - Priority

Red List

5

Dunnock

No

Yes  - Conservation Concern

Amber

6

Tree Sparrow

No

Yes - Priority

Red List

7

Goldfinch

No

Yes  - Conservation Concern

Amber

8

Song Thrush

No

Yes - Priority

Red List

9

Yellow Hammer

No

Yes - Priority

Red List

10

Berberis Hedgerow

No

Unknown as considered not native

N/A

11

Barberry Carpet  Moth

No

Yes - Priority

N/A

12

Tansy Beetle

No

Yes - Priority

N/A

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West Leeds Country Park Leeds BAP Vision Foreword Introduction.pdf WLCPVC Habitat and Species Conservation Objectives Leeds BAP Appendices.pdf Leeds BAP Species Action Plans.pdf Leeds BAP Habitat Action Plans.pdf Leeds BAP Natural Areas.pdf WLCPVCAction Plan Progress Invertebrates WLCPVC Action Plan Progress - Birds & Mammals