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Overview

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What is biodiversity?

Biodiversity is vital to our wellbeing and key to the quality of life in Staffordshire. A healthy environment is also central to the economic prosperity and the county's desirability as a place to live, work and visit.

It is a fundamental indicator of whether we are succeeding in achieving a sustainable future for Staffordshire. We are committed to conserving biodiversity as an intimate component of sustainable development.

Staffordshire supports a varied and diverse landscape which is rich in habitats and species. In recent decades loss of Staffordshire's biodiversity has been dramatic and it is essential that all remaining areas are protected and managed and that wildlife areas previously lost are restored wherever possible.

''What about nature?

Nature is also important to help us maintain a healthy lifestyle, for environmental education and lifelong learning about the world around us. It is fundamental to our heritage, culture and sense of place and provides relaxation and inspiration. Providing access to nature is important for all within the community.

The ecologists within the Rural County Unit provide a range of services to ensure wildlife is protected and cared for across the county. The ecologists provide advice on land management, particularly country parks such as Cannock Chase, in addition to advice to planners and engineers.

To speak to someone about any of the above, please contact us.

Protected species advice

Ecology staff within the Rural County Unit have put together an advice document which is intended to provide supporting information for those who may find themselves having to deal in some way with protected and priority species.

This is periodically revised to incorporate the latest legislation and planning guidance. The advice covers survey and information requirements when protected species might be affected by planning applications or other projects, legal requirements and species' ecology.

Further information

For information on European protected species licensing requirements see the Natural England website. Or for further advice contact us.

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Latest environment news

Fund launches to help improve local communities and the environment

Community groups from across Staffordshire are being invited to apply for funding for projects that help improve their local environment.
Date:
11 November 2020

Cannock Chase conservation plan to be scrutinised

A joint £7.8 million conservation plan with the potential to protect Cannock Chase's wildlife and landscape for years to come is to be considered by Staffordshire County Council.
Date:
04 November 2020

Multi-million pound plan to preserve and promote Cannock Chase

A £7.8 million investment to protect Cannock Chase is planned over 15 years by the Cannock Chase Special Area Conservation Partnership (SAC) and will be funded by money from housing developers.
Date:
22 September 2020

Respect the countryside and each other

Staffordshire residents are being urged to respect the countryside and each other.
Date:
18 June 2020

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