Biodiversity is the variety of life found on Earth and all of the natural processes. This includes ecosystem, genetic and cultural diversity, and the connections between these and all species.
Why is it important?
“At least 40 per cent of the world’s economy and 80 per cent of the needs of the poor are derived from biological resources. In addition, the richer the diversity of life, the greater the opportunity for medical discoveries, economic development, and adaptive responses to such new challenges as climate change.” (The Convention about Life on Earth, Convention on Biodiversity website.)
What biodiversity projects are you delivering?
For 2014, we have secured a grant to deliver a reforestation project at our site in Ilston. We have also been working with the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust to build our volunteers understanding about amphibians and reptiles. They will be digging us some biodiversity ponds, which will encourage a variety of species and improve connectivity between the surrounding conservation areas.
Environmental Wales have also funded an ecological assessment of, and biodiversity strategy for, the Ilston site. This strategy will inform future projects at that site.
How do I get involved?
Please email us with your phone number and we will give you a ring to discuss. We will also be publishing new opportunities through our mailing list, and Facebook and Twitter.
How do your projects benefit the local environment?
As well as the specific projects mentioned above to better manage biodiversity at our Ilston site, whenever we develop new projects, biodiversity is given due consideration in all our plans. For example, when we find solar sites, we involve ecologists at the earliest possible stage to ensure well-managed biodiversity.
How do your projects benefit the global environment?
One of the greatest threats to biodiversity is caused by climate change. Both our CSA and solar projects offer great alternatives to both consumers and investors in projects that reduce carbon emissions. One of the greatest threats to biodiversity is caused by climate change. Both our CSA and solar projects offer great alternatives to both consumers and investors in projects that reduce carbon emissions.
Our CSA will reduce food miles as well as farm without pesticides and artificial fertilisers.
Our solar sites reduce the need for fossil fuels. The extraction and transportation of fossil fuels are very damaging to biodiversity.
Where else can I find out more information about biodiversity?
We have posted some of our favourite videos on this website. There are also lots of free resources on the internet – just google ‘biodiversity’!