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Biodiversity

What is Biodiversity

Biodiversity is the short term used for 'biological diversity”. It means 'the total variety of all living plants and animals, and the habitats in which they live'. 

Biodiversity is a key measure of the health of our planet and therefore vital for our survival.

We are part of biodiversity and depend on it for our quality of life.

Why is Biodiversity important?

Biodiversity touches every aspect of our lives. It not only provides the air that we breathe and the food that we eat; it also helps to create a pleasant environment for us to live in by adding variety to our surroundings.

We have lost some biodiversity because of modern practices . We need to work to look after what remains. By taking positive action we can protect and enhance it and even restore some of our biodiversity.

Why is Biodiversity important?

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council have a legal requirement to “further the conservation of biodiversity”  where possible.

Newry, Mourne and Down Local Biodiversity Action Plan

An Action Plan to protect and promote Newry, Mourne and Down’s  biodiversity will be published early 2018 and will be made available on the Council website.

To find out more about Newry, Mourne and Down’s biodiversity or to find out how you can get involved contact the Council’s Biodiversity Officer:

Danielle Begley
Biodiversity Officer
0300 013 2233
danielle.begley@nmandd.org

Useful links

http://www.biodiversityni.com

https://www.ringofgullion.org

http://www.strangfordlough.org

http://www.mournelive.com