What is biodiversity?
Biodiversity is the richness and variety of
plants, birds, animals and insects. In its basic form,
biodiversity means the diversity of life. Biodiversity is all
living things, from the tiny garden ant to the largest tree.
Biodiversity is everywhere, in planters and window boxes,
roadsides, woods and the seashore.
Each and every person on this planet is part
of biodiversity and we depend upon it for our quality of life,
clothes, food and health and relaxation.
Why is biodiversity important to you?
Biodiversity is important to each and every
one of us, because we depend on other species and the eco-systems
that they produce in order that we, ourselves, can survive.
Biodiversity provides us with:
Circle of Life which allows
Planet Earth to continue in a way that benefits all species on
it. We have the opportunity to practice thoughtful
stewardship and allow the circle to continue unbroken;
Economic Benefits that
maintain a healthy economy. Without the products that a well
balanced biodiversity produces such as food, building materials,
clothing and fuel we, as humans would find it difficult to survive
let alone prosper;
Photo by Scott Tilley
Ecosystem which provides us
with clean water, fresh air and productive soils that we need to
Food, Medicines and Natural
Products that keep us healthy;
Natural Beauty that we find
in many areas of Bassetlaw helps us to relax and enjoy a good
quality of life;
What is the link between Bassetlaw District Council and
Bassetlaw has a wide and varied geology and
habitat and as a result of this supports 19 sites of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI) and in
excess of 290 Local
Wildlife Sites, previously known as SINCs or Sites of
Importance for Nature Conservation. This important wildlife
is found throughout the whole of the district.
Bassetlaw District Council are keen to protect
the wildlife of the district and produced its first Nature
Conservation Strategy in June 2006, and have achieved the
strategy’s main target of designating 3 Local Nature Reserves in
August 2009, these being:
- Langold Country Park
- Retford Cemetery
- Woodsetts Pond
Last Updated - 02/08/2011