Biodiversity

Our commitment to Biodiversity in the Llanhennock district

Biodiversity is in decline, and with it, the services it provides to all of us in terms of benefits for our health, economy and culture. We must all now urgently take action for biodiversity at every opportunity to reverse its decline in Wales and globally – for its intrinsic value, and to secure our own well-being. 

The Environment (Wales) Act 2016 introduced an enhanced biodiversity and resilience of ecosystems duty (the section 6 or s6 duty) for public authorities in the exercise of functions in relation to Wales. The s6 duty requires that public authorities ‘must seek to maintain and enhance biodiversity so far as consistent with the proper exercise of their functions and in so doing promote the resilience of ecosystems’. 

As a community council with no direct responsibility for any public land we cannot directly enhance biodiversity….. but we nevertheless would like to encourage local land owners and farmers to do so.

DID YOU KNOW THAT: 

Good quality green space can affect how people feel; it can increase physical recreation and enable children to interact with nature.

A study shows that everyday contact with nature is beneficial for healthy ageing in older people. 

By taking action to benefit wildlife, pollinators or hedgehogs, birds or bats, you can also enhance areas so that they provide higher quality green space for local people. 

Hedgerows and Trees
Hedgerows are vitally important as they provide food and shelter to many species, including those that need particular help such as dor-mice and bank voles which use hedges to move around. They are also important habitats for nesting birds. 

What can you do to help?
Can you lay the hedge to improve the structure ? 
Is there an opportunity to plant/restore a hedgerow?
Manage your hedgerow in the winter when the woody growth is dormant.
Avoid all work on hedges during bird nesting season – March to August.
Allow your hedging to grow 2/3 years in order to provide a plentiful supply of berries. 

Grassland
Research shows that abundance of both flowers and flower-visiting insects increases significantly with reduced mowing, helping pollinators 

What can you do to help?
* Can you cut some areas less often and cut higher? 
This will allow low growing species like daisies, clover and selfheal to flower 
* Can you collect up the mowings? 
This will help encourage more flowering plants in the grass 
* Are there some areas of grassland where you can let grass grow long and manage like a hay meadow? 

Other ideas….. 
What about making a “Bug Hotel”? They have built one in the churchyard at Tredunnock… 
Maybe you would like to create your own to encourage bees and bugs !

Dead wood and piles of leaves are good for a range of species.

Here are some hedgehog houses in Llanhennock… please send us your photos too!

If you would like to share these ideas for enhancing biodiversity in your area, please feel free to download our leaflet here. (PDF 269 Kb)