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Sunday 24 January
Petersfield Biodiversity Plan
Chairman: Tracy Chandler
|All of these photographs of wildlife were taken in Petersfield - How many can you name?|
The initial meeting to 'kick-off' the Petersfield Biodiversity Action Plan was held on 19th April 2010. The initial actions were identified together with other issues. One of these issues is to find other local people interested in biodiversity who are interested in joining the group.
Biodiversity is about a range of species supporting a healthy ecosystem.
With demand for housing and farming there are increasing pressures on wildlife through loss of wild areas (habitat destruction), through contaminants of human origin (pollutants) and now from a changing climate.
It is extremely important that we protect, preserve and enhance existing habitats, not only for the sake of the wildlife itself, but also for the ecosystem services they provide, such as clean air, water systems and soil.
A healthy ecosystem can provide these things, but as species of plants and animals disappear an ecosystem is weakened and it cannot cope with the demands we place on it. A good analogy is; think of the ecosystem as an aeroplane and each species is a rivet holding the plane together, each time a rivet (species) is lost the integrity and strength of the plane is weakened. Some species are more crucial in supporting an ecosystem than others.
The Biodiversity Action Plan will identify existing wildlife areas, habitats, in and around Petersfield that provide wildlife corridors and reserves. The Action Plan will also look at ways that endangered species can be protected and how certain areas can be improved to encourage a greater range of wildlife (biodiversity).
This will build on existing work already being undertaken by such groups as the Friends of Petersfield Heath and Rotherlands Conservation Group.
There is also support from organisations such as EHDC, Hampshire Wildlife Trust and the South Downs National Park.
A Biodiversity Action Plan for Petersfield will also help ensure that future developments in the town consider conservation of biodiversity.
Please read the notes of the first meeting and contact us if you are able to support us.