Biodiversity in Nottingham City
Biodiversity means all of the diversity of life on Earth. It includes all life forms, such as plants, animals, fungi and micro-organisms, and the habitats and ecosystems in which they live and interact.
The city has over 400 hectares of natural and semi-natural open spaces, also extensive green spaces, many of which are accessible to the public and free to enjoy, such as:
- Nature reserves,
- River corridors
- Post-industrial land,
- Parks, Playgrounds, Sports grounds,
- Amenity areas
- Incidental spaces that form important linking corridors or steppingstones for wildlife as well as providing a valuable resource for our human residents and visitors.
Nottingham has wildlife sites specifically designated for their nature conservation value, designations that help to protect some of our most highly valued and significant natural spaces. Nottingham hosts many exciting animals, including bats, badgers, water voles and birds.
Within the city boundary, there are:
- More than 60 biological and 18 geological Local Wildlife Sites (LWS)
- 14 Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) with more on the way
- 3 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs)
Nottingham City Council is a member of the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group. A local strategic group that works together to protect and enhance wildlife locally and deliver the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Plan.
You can learn more about Biodiversity by visiting the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group Website.
Nottingham City Council collaborates with Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust to improve habitats and manage wildlife sites across the city. The Trust leads in managing many of the Council's wildlife sites through a partnership agreement and involves local volunteers in essential tasks like scrub management, gardening, litter picks, and floral surveys.
To learn more about the wildlife, nature, and conservation areas in Nottingham, you can visit the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Website.
If you're interested in participating and contributing to the maintenance of your local wildlife site, feel free to contact either the
Nottingham City Council has actively transformed Nottingham into a bee-friendly city by implementing several campaigns and initiatives dedicated to safeguarding bee populations and promoting a pollinator-friendly environment. The council achieved this by introducing measures such as planting pollinator-friendly plants and adopting new approaches to managing open spaces. The ongoing efforts include supporting both wild and domestic bees, offering abundant flowers for foraging, and creating additional habitats for nest sites.
For further details about the importance of bees and why their conservation is crucial, refer to the resources provided by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
The primary role of the Nottinghamshire Biological and Geological Record Centre is to map Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs) for the SINC Panel. Additionally, the centre is responsible for mapping protected species and conducting periodic whole-county phase 1 surveys.
You can download their flyers and leaflets by clicking the link below for more information.
Address: (NBGRC) Courtyard Building, Wollaton Park, Nottingham, NG8 2AEEmail - NBGRC
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