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Biodiversity in Down District

What is Biodiversity?

Biodiversity is the short term used for 'biological diversity', which is 'the total variety of all living plants and animals, and the habitats in which they live'. The biodiversity we see today is the result of millions of years of evolution, shaped by natural processes and, increasingly, by the influence of humans. It is found all around us, in our gardens, parks, woodlands, fields, mountains, lakes and rivers and in our coastal and marine habitats.


Why is it important?

Biodiversity is a key measure of the health of our planet and therefore vital for our survival. We are part of biodiversity and depend on it for our quality of life. Biodiversity impacts on every aspect of our lives. It not only provides the air that we breathe and the food that we eat; it also helps to create a pleasant environment for us to live in by adding variety to our surroundings. Biodiversity is an important part of our cultural heritage. It is important in defining local character and distinctiveness, and has helped shape our culture and inspire our poets, painters, writers and composers.

The many benefits of biodiversity highlight why we need to ensure that we halt the loss and work together to protect, and where achievable, restore and enhance our local biodiversity.

Down District Local Biodiversity Action Plan

An Action Plan to protect and promote Down’s biodiversity was published in April 2012. Local biodiversity action plans have come about through a number of international, national and local processes. These plans have led to local action for wildlife and habitats and are fantastic opportunities to raise awareness of biodiversity throughout Northern Ireland.

To find out more about Down's biodiversity and how you can get involved, or to obtain a copy of the Local Biodiversity Action Plan click here, or contact

Danielle Begley,
Down Biodiversity Officer
T: 028 44 610 824


Down District Council Wildlife Gardening Competition

Urban habitats and gardens have been highlighted in the Down Biodiversity Action Plan as important for biodiversity. As a result of this, Down District Council launched their first ever wildlife gardening competition in April 2011 to encourage everyone in the district to 'do one more thing' for wildlife in their gardens.

The competition aims to promote the creation of attractive and welcoming gardens, both for wildlife and people. Entries are encouraged from private gardens, school gardens, community gardens and business gardens. No matter how big or small, every garden has the potential to be a mini nature reserve!

For more information on the Wildlife Gardening Competition contact

Danielle Begley,
Down Biodiversity Officer
T: 028 44610 824

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