What to include in a habitat management and monitoring plan (HMMP) to improve biodiversity for the long term.
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You should work with an ecologist or competent professional to write your HMMP
Agreeing your HMMP
For off-site gains
If you’re delivering off-site gains, your HMMP should be agreed with one of the following:
- the local planning authority (LPA) if you’re securing gains through a planning obligation (section 106 agreement)
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- when and how you’ll monitor habitats (this will vary for different types of habitat)
- when and how you’ll report monitoring results
- when and how you’ll review management proposals
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Using the HMMP template
There’s a set of HMMP tools including a template, checklist and companion guide, to help you write your HMMP.
The HMMP template is a guide with a structure to help you show details of your project. You do not need to fill in every section as not all of it will be relevant to you.
The template can be used for projects of all sizes. It’s suitable for significant on-site enhancements and for off-site gains.
The template’s companion document lists habitat condition and assessment criteria.
Designing your own HMMP
If you design your own HMMP, you can refer to the checklist in the HMMP tools as a reminder for what you
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Working with an ecologist
If you’re using the HMMP template, the ecologist working with you should write a statement of competence in the relevant section.
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