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.

Second Nature: A Biodiversity Action Plan for the Falkirk Council area

"Second Nature" is the 3rd Biodiversity Action Plan for the Falkirk Council area. It includes lots of actions and projects to help our local wildlife. We are working with many different organisations, community groups and individuals to put it into action.

Second Nature - A Biodiversity Action Plan for the Falkirk Council Area

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 reports below detail this for the periods 2011-2014, 2015-2017, 2018-2020 and 2021-23..

Biodiveristy Duty Report - 2021 to 2023
Biodiversity Duty Report - 2018 to 2020
Biodiversity Duty Report - 2015 to 2017
Biodiversity Duty Report - 2011 to 2014

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

Biodiversity audit

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