Monitoring & Reporting

Compliance Monitoring Plan
The Management Scheme is not intended to be a static document – the Relevant Authorities, with the help of the Project Officer, will monitor the progress of the action plan over the coming months and years, to ensure that all action points are carried out successfully.

An annual meeting will take place (each February) to review the Management Scheme's progress. At this meeting, the Management Scheme will be looked at in great detail. English Nature (and other Relevant Authorities where appropriate) will report back on the condition of the site. Each of the ‘Summary of Activities' tables will be examined closely.

For each activity, appropriate Relevant Authorities will discuss the ongoing management measures, outlining whether or not these are still used, how successful they are and if any problems have arisen, why. They will also discuss progress with the actions listed under ‘New actions needed', particularly if any problems have been encountered with regards to meeting the timescales set out. General reports for the public, regarding progress on the Management Scheme as a whole, should also be made available.

Condition Monitoring Programme
To ensure existing management measures are sufficient to maintain or restore the favourable condition of the interest features and the action plan is implemented, regular reporting on progress will be needed. To do this an annual report will need to be produced and delivered to the full management group and advisory groups.

The report will outline each relevant authority's implementation of existing management measures, and the new actions and the progress made by the advisory groups. The report will also provide a platform from which to present new issues to be addressed in the following year. Annual reporting will include information on monitoring of the condition of the interest features, co-ordinated by English Nature (although actual monitoring does and will involve a range of relevant authorities).

Information on new activities provided by relevant authorities and advisory groups will be used to direct the condition monitoring programme to focus on features likely to be affected by these activities. This input will help identify the need for new measures to maintain or restore favourable condition to the site's interest features.

The management scheme will help identify where potential cause/effect relationships may exist and therefore will help to prioritise future condition and compliance monitoring. It is likely that this will lead to a partnership approach and it may be necessary for English Nature and the relevant authorities to agree the factors which may be affected by the activity and work together to identify cause/effect relationships by sharing information, knowledge and resources where appropriate. However it is helpful to have a definitive principle agreed by the Management Group so that the responsibilities of the various relevant authorities are clearly understood.

Onus of Proof Principle - ‘If through their own site condition monitoring programme or that of another Relevant Authority, English Nature can demonstrate that they have reasonable cause to suspect that a deterioration in the condition of a SWMEMS feature may be occurring, or that there is a foreseeable risk of deterioration occurring in the future, then English Nature and the Relevant Authorities concerned will work together to identify any cause and effect relationship'.

Periodic Assessment and Review
English Nature (EN) will regularly monitor the SWMEMS to establish whether the conservation objectives are being met. The favourable condition table derived from the conservation objectives outlines the condition in which the site should be maintained. EN will report to the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) on the condition of each interest feature and the site every six years.

Monitoring will be based on a rolling six-year timetable. It is envisaged that the Condition Monitoring Programme will evolve over time and other Relevant Authorities with conservation expertise to further contribute to the provision of monitoring data.