Biodiversity is the whole variety of life on earth, from the tiniest bug to the mightiest
tree, and includes every living plant and animal. It is vital to keep the diversity
of life on the planet as abundant and diverse as possible for our health and prosperity,
and for future generations.
Falkirk Area Biodiversity Action Plan
Falkirk Council and numerous local organisations, groups and individuals are working
together to protect and enhance the biodiversity of the Falkirk Council area. The
Falkirk Area Biodiversity Action Plan 2011 2014 has been prepared
to focus and inspire local action to conserve and manage our wildlife.
- Biodiversity Action Plan 2011-2014
Actions indentified in this plan:
- conserve our rare and threatened plants, animals and habitats
- encourage, inspire and enable all local groups and individuals to take action to
conserve their local biodiversity
- promote awareness and understanding of biodiversity, its importance for local and
global communities, and our responsibility to conserve it and use it wisely.
Biodiversity Duty Report
We have a legal duty to protect and conserve biodiversity and we must report how we have done this. The Biodiversity duty report below details this for the period 2011-2014:
- Biodiversity duty report
Biodiversity and development
Development of all kinds can put pressure on our natural environment. However development
and biodiversity conservation need not be mutually exclusive and can work together.
Advice to assist developers to meet the Council's biodiversity objectives is given
in supplementary guidance:
- Biodiversity and Development SPG
To safeguard our local biodiversity we have to know which plants, animals and habitats
can be found locally and whether they need action to conserve them.
'The Biodiversity of Falkirk: an assessment of priority habitats and species' was
produced in April 2000 and looks at over 250 different habitats, plants and animals
that occur in the Falkirk Council area. For each of these habitats and species a
brief statement about its local extent and significance is provided, as well as
an indication of the main threats to it.
More information can be found in The Biodiversity of Falkirk Audit:
- The Biodiversity of Falkirk Audit
News and events
There is lots going on in the Falkirk area to help conserve our local biodiversity.
You can download our biodiversity newsletter below:
- Biodiversity newsletter vol 17 - winter 2015
- Biodiversity newsletter vol 16 - summer 2014
- Biodiversity newsletter vol 15 - winter 2013
- Biodiversity newsletter vol 14 - winter 2012
- Biodiversity newsletter vol 13 - winter 2011
- Biodiversity newsletter vol 12 - spring 2011
- Biodiversity newsletter vol 11 - summer 2010