To see what our local district council says about biodiversity you can go to their web site and search for the documents shown below. For a subject as important as this finding your way through their web site to these documents is not easy.
The overall government view is given in the ukbap web site.
Then the SSDC site has an index page for the countryside issues and from there you can search for the two documents which are quite interesting. It will probably need us to ask for a meeting with someone in this part of SSDC in order to find out what it all means on the ground now and over the next few years.
Good luck with the browsing.
Countryside Action Plan 2005-2006 [2Mb]
Strategy for Nature Conservation in South Somerset [136kb]