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Winchester City Council

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… Biodiversity is such a wonderful asset to those of us who live, work and visit the district; partly through its ability to help reduce the impacts of climate change but also for the range of benefits it provides. Sadly we are losing biodiversity at an alarming rate and the council is determined to do what it can to help protect, enhance and restore biodiversity. We have therefore produced this action plan…

… and the government has pledged to slow-down the loss of natural habitats and the species which live in them. What is a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP)? A BAP identifies particular priorities for conservation - species and habitats which are particularly threatened or declining in the UK. A Biodiversity Action Plan will provide a strategic direction to managing our planned enhancements for our district’s

… biodiversity, as well as setting out our approach to building partnerships with local and national organisations to allow us to achieve our goals. Ensuring our biodiversity is protected and developed is a keystone pledge which forms our response to the Climate Emergency. Our Biodiversity Action Plan will allow us to secure a greener district and a positive future for our wildlife. Where…

… is Winchester's biodiversity found? The Winchester District covers a large and varied area, with wildlife habitats ranging from chalk streams to chalk downs and water meadows to woodlands. A selection of our diverse havens for wildlife include the Rivers Itchen and Meon, the Forest of Bere, a portion of the South Downs National Park and the estuary of the River Hamble. How are we currently looking…

… after our wildlife? As we work behind the scenes towards delivering our new Biodiversity Action Plan (2020), the Natural Environment and Recreation team continue to safeguard wildlife and its habitats across our district. Just some examples of the work that we are doing include: Establishing the creation of a new Nature Reserve in Winchester at Barton Meadows, in partnership with CALA Homes…


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