At the heart of our work is the recognition that we need to do something very rapidly to prevent the continued decline in biodiversity both locally and globally. Although on Gower are surrounded in conservation areas, which to a certain extent have prevented continued extensive decline in local biodiversity, there is still a lot to be done to create and restore healthy habitats. In addition to this our behaviour as consumers has drastic effects on biodiversity as a whole.
Our biodiversity aims, therefore, are split into two different approaches :
At our site in Ilston, biodiversity management is being considered from the earliest stage. We have contracted an ecologist to assess the ecological value of the site, and write a biodiversity strategy, which will inform how we deliver projects on the land. As a result of this, we will be taking specific measures to improve the connectivity between the nearby conservation areas, which will put local biodiversity on an equal footing with our other aspirations.
Our Community Supported Agriculture and Renewable Energy projects address biodiversity loss at a global level.
Encouraging the consumption of local and ecologically produced food is not only good for the local economy, it also reduces food miles, and the level of fertilisers used which are so detrimental to biodiversity. One of other the greatest threats to global biodiversity is over-use of fossil fuels; renewable energy is a cleaner alternative to fossil fuels as it reduces the levels of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere through its consumption, and is far less damaging to the environment through its extraction.
We are always looking for volunteers. If you would like to help us to carry out hands-on projects locally please sign up as a member and let us know, or join our mailing list to hear about other opportunities to get involved.
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