BIODIVERSITY,defined by the Cambridge dictionary as:- the number and variety of plant and animal species that exist in a particular environmental area or in the world generally, or the problem of preserving and protecting this:
Wakefield District Biodiversity Group (WDBG), an independent group, was formed in 1994 and comprises representatives of conservation groups throughout the Wakefield area:-
RSPB (Royal Society for the protection of Birds)
Wintersett Wildlife Group
BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers)
Friends of Haw Park Wood
Spring Mill Conservation Group
Butterfly Conservation Society
Natural England (formerly English Nature)
Supported by Wakefield MDC who provide the meeting venue and secretarial assistance, with presentations from their specialists,in areas such as Countryside Rangers and Land drainage etc,
available on request.
Objectives of the Group are to:-
Ensure that where appropriate national targets for species and habitats, as specified in the UK Action Plan, are transplanted into effective action at local level.
Identify targets for species and habitats appropriate to the local area, and reflecting the values of local people.
Develop effective local partnerships to ensure that programmes for biodiversity conservation are maintained in the long term.
Raise awareness of the need for biodiversity conservation in the local context.
Ensure that opportunities for conservation and enhancement of the whole biodiversity resource are fully considered.
Provide a basis for monitoring progress in biodiversity conservation at both local and national level.