Biodiversity and action for nature
In Leicestershire, biodiversity is under threat due to several factors, including:
- Habitat loss and species loss
- The introduction of invasive species
- Exploitation of natural resources and minerals
- Poor water and air quality
- Loss of soils
- Climate change
We are one of the poorest counties for biodiversity and conservation value in the UK, as our Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) represent only 2% of the land - compared to the national average of 6%.
The importance of biodiversity
Conserving and enhancing Leicestershire’s biodiversity helps:
- Our health and wellbeing – providing spaces we can relax, learn and exercise
- The local economy – we benefit from the environment as it enables us to produce a variety of food, medicines, and other products.
- Environment – it can help to absorb some of these harmful greenhouse gases and reduce the impacts of climate change.
Make a difference in Leicestershire
- Make space for nature every day in your garden and homes. The Wildlife Trust and other organisations have many gardening tips on their websites.
- You can order a discounted compost bin.
- Buy products that are visibly sustainably sourced products if you can.
- Get involved in volunteering and encourage others to do their bit for nature.
Our role in protecting biodiversity
The Action for Nature document and delivery plan sets out a strategic approach to biodiversity, habitat, and the local environment for the county council.
The Leicestershire biodiversity action plan is a partnership document that outlines the priorities in the county and sets out a programme of action to improve biodiversity.