|Protecting Hounslow’s wildlife and green spaces|
"we all need to play our part in conserving and enhancing local biodiversity”
Hounslow Council last week launched the Biodiversity Action Plan, aimed at protecting, conserving and enhancing wildlife and habitats in the borough.
The launch, staged at Syon House, came after the council consulted for twelve weeks to produce a strategy as part of the Hounslow Biodiversity Action Plan Partnership
The group works towards the conservation of biological diversity and sustainable use of biological resources in the borough.
The plan explains how to protect, conserve and enhance the borough’s wildlife and habitats and reveals the best ways to monitor biodiversity by looking at the health of these habitats and the species within them.
Approximately 30 percent of Hounslow borough's surface land area is made up of public open space and urban green space. Hounslow is London’s greenest borough, with an estimated 954 hectares of land managed either wholly or partly for nature conservation. Many other additional areas across Hounslow have nature conservation value.
In 2003, the partnership launched the first of its species and habitat action plans. The latest plan reflects the ever-changing wildlife habitats in the Hounslow.
The plan aims to action a variety of biodiversity activates such as:
“In the past, biodiversity has largely been the preserve of land owners and naturalists. However, we all need to play our part in conserving and enhancing local biodiversity. This is not just about the protection of rare or threatened habitats and species but also ensuring those things currently common and perhaps taken for granted are similarly catered for so that they do not themselves become threatened.
“Since the 2003 plan, the numbers of habitats and species identified have increased which have resulted in a range of different conservation measures being introduced to protect and enhance them.
“We want to protect the beautiful green areas in Hounslow and their wildlife for many years to come.”
Residents can get involved with a range of activities and increase biodiversity at home, work and school.
At home – residents can:
At work or school:
July 14, 2011