Biodiversity is the “wealth of wildlife” incorporating both rare and common species and habitats; all of which play a vital role in ecosystems. A healthy ecosystem can provide a variety of ecosystem services such as soil formation, nutrient recycling, climate regulation, flood control and social benefits such as education, recreation and tourism. Biodiversity also has an intrinsic value which we have a responsibility to protect for future generations.
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Biodiversity Group seeks to ensure that important local habitats and species are protected, enhanced and sensitively managed within the context of climate change and development pressures.
The Group provides a forum for local ecologists and experts from local authorities, statutory agencies and conservation charities to come together and share experience and knowledge to help conserve local biodiversity, linked closely to Natural Cambridgeshire (the Local Nature Partnership) since its formation in 2012.
We want to ensure that biodiversity is valued and enjoyed by everybody in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
The work we have been involved in since forming in 1996 has included:
• Production and periodic review of Local Biodiversity Action Plans. These identify habitats and species of particular importance in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and specific actions that are needed and/or local knowledge that can help conserve them.
• Strategic projects such as setting up the Local Environmental Records Centre, a Fenland Drainage Ditch Project to provide conservation advice to the Middle Level Commissioners (which became a permanent post), and support for the Local Wildlife Sites group.
• Managing a small Biodiversity Projects Fund which supported local community projects to benefit habitats and species and encourage public involvement.
• Promoting biodiversity to local government, aiming to have it recognised within policies and strategies, and the development planning process, promoting a biodiversity net gain approach, i.e. that development should leave biodiversity in a better state than it was before.
• Co-ordinating practical conservation improvement projects that cover multiple districts in the area.
• Producing leaflets and advice for a range of audiences, including farmers and other landowners, planners, householders and developers.
From this website you can find information on biodiversity in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, including locally important habitats and species and some ideas of what you can do to get involved with wildlife conservation and learn more about biodiversity in our local area.