Biodiversity is the Borough's prime natural asset. We want to encourage everyone to work together to conserve and enhance the rich diversity of habitats and species and ensure they are protected for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.
What is biodiversity?
“Biodiversity, is the biological diversity of life in all its different forms.”
Biodiversity is a word used to describe the rich web of life, the myriad plant and animal species and the range of habitats in which they live and the natural processes of which living things are a part. Understanding the biodiversity of the world, both locally and globally, can demonstrate the wealth of species and natural varieties that are present, and ultimately, the health of the natural world that we all depend upon and enjoy.
Why is biodiversity important?
- Health - Accessible green spaces, with their associated diversity of animal and plant life, are vital for maintaining a healthy body and mind. Whether through quiet walks in our green open spaces, boating on the River Thames or enjoying sport in the local park, everyone benefits from our rich natural environment.
- Leisure and Tourism - Richmond’s many parks and open spaces attract visitors, bringing social and economic benefits to the local community.
- Ecosystem services - These are the many important, but hidden roles played by plants and animals. They include flood relief, filtering air pollution, recycling of nutrients, pollination and seed dispersal, climate control and purification of water.
- Intrinsic and moral value – All the species that share our planet have a moral right to exist. We have an obligation not to harm them by our own activities.
How can you help biodiversity?
Would you like to help conserve local biodiversity? You do not need to be an expert to get involved but if you are interested and want to find out more and/or would like to join the Richmond Biodiversity Group or contribute to one of the Species or Habitat Action Plans, please contact the Chair of Richmond Biodiversity Group for more information on: 08456 122 660.