How to get involved in conserving Lancashire's Biodiversity...

Lancashire’s Biodiversity Action Plan has been produced by a partnership of people and organizations from a variety of backgrounds.

Local councils, voluntary conservation groups, environmental agencies and representatives of farming and landowning interests have all played a part in drawing up this Plan.

This Biodiversity Action Plan aims to:

  • Pinpoint the main threats to biodiversity in the present county of Lancashire
  • Say what needs to be done to prevent loss of species and to protect and restore wildlife-rich habitats
  • Identify those organizations that need to take action
  • Help people to discover more about wildlife in towns and in the countryside
  • Encourage greater community involvement in practical conservation

Lancashire’s Biodiversity Action Plan aims to encourage ACTION. There is a range of things that you can do that will help conserve biodiversity in the county.

Here are ten tips towards a better environment:

Individuals

  1. Join in with a local conservation organization or project
  2. Participate in our Recording Lancashire’s Wildlife Postcard Survey
  3. A garden, backyard, allotment or even a window box can be made attractive to wildlife

Businesses

  1. Sponsor Biodiversity Action Plans
  2. Add your support to local initiatives (eg, The wildlife garden at Chatburn School, Clitheroe www.chatburnwildlife.org.uk)
  3. Encourage environmental best practice throughout your business

Local authorities
· Protect sites of biodiversity value from damaging development
· Facilitate community involvement in conservation

Land managers

  1. Undertake practical measures to enhance your land for wildlife
  2. Seek advice on how grant schemes can help you maintain and improve the biodiversity value of your land

Some of Lancashire's important habitats

Lowland farmland
Two thirds of the country’s land area is productive agricultural or forestry land. So farming is one of the most important factors shaping the future of Lancashire’s wildlife. Some of the animal and plant species associated with lowland farmland in the county are shown here.

Species shown: 1. Purple Ramping-fumitory 2. Grey Partridge 3. Barn Owl 4. Brown Hare.

Lowland Farmland

Wetland
Certain habitats have dwindled dramatically. Ninety-eight percent of Lancashire’s lowland raised bogs – the ‘mosslands’ – that were present a hundred years ago have been lost along with the wildlife they supported. Some species that rely on water and wetlands are shown here.

Species shown: 1. Banded Demoiselle 2. Water Vole 3. Otter 4. Bittern 5. Reed bunting

Wetland

Urban Greenspace
Cities, towns and villages contain homes for humans and for other living beings too. Sensitive gardening practices and environmentally-friendly management of urban greenspaces can create areas that increase our opportunity to with and enjoy wildlife.

Species shown: 1. Fly Agaric toadstool 2. Oak 3. Song Thrush 4. Great Crested Newt 5. Bat

Urban Greenspace

 

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