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Biodiversity is the word used to describe the vast variety of living things on Earth. Generally, the greater range of habitats and their varied structure found in an area, the greater range of other biodiversity such as trees, plants, fungi, animals, invertebrates and micro-organisms they will support. Biodiversity is essential for human life.

This range of plants, fungi and animals - the biodiversity - live together in a balanced system called an ecosystem. Each ecosystem is like an intricate web, with the health of each part dependent on the health and functioning of the other parts.

"Biodiversity supports everything in nature that we need to survive: food, clean water, medicine, and shelter." ~ World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

The WWF’s 2022 Living Planet Report found that since 1970, there has been a global decline in mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. The decline is a massive 69%, and it is due to humans consuming more, destroying habitats, and upsetting the balance of nature. We have overfished the oceans, cleared forests, polluted our water sources, with 75% of our land environment and 66% of the ocen environment now significantly altered.

The IUCN Red List is a ' list of species and the health of their population. The list is of animal, fungus and plant species, and is a critical indicator of the health of the world’s biodiversity. On the list are more than 41,000 species threatened with extinction, including 41% of amphibians, 38% of sharks and rays, 34% of conifers, 33% of reef building corals, 27% of mammals and 13% of birds.

Biodiversity in Powys

Powys County Council (PCC) has a significant role in protecting biodiversity, with legal requirements originating from Environment (Wales) Act 2016 and the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. Visit this page to find out more and follow links to action plans and nature-friendly resources, including the Powys Local Biodiversity Action Plan,

On the Wales Nature Week page there are great resources to help you know how to connect with nature and make your garden friendly to a wide range of creatures - www.biodiversitywales.org.uk/Wales-Nature-Week

On their site, PCC has lots of information in a number of sctions:

  • Road Verge Biodiversity and the 'It's for Them' campaign
  • the Powys Nature Partnership
  • the Powys Nature Recovery Plan
  • the Powys Local Biodiversity Action Plan. Click here to access.

You can search the Wales Biodiversity Partnership website for nature events in Powys - and much more!


Community Groups

Biodiversity Information Service for Powys and Brecon Brecons National Park Brecon
Biodiversity Information Service for Powys and Brecon Brecons National Park - discover more

Transition Presteigne
Transition Presteigne - discover more

Presteigne Tree Group Presteigne
Presteigne Tree Group - discover more

DYfi Valley Green Reads
DYfi Valley Green Reads - discover more

Llais y Goedwig Machynlleth
Llais y Goedwig - discover more

The Hanging Gardens (The Wilderness Trust) Llanidloes
The Hanging Gardens (The Wilderness Trust) - discover more

Coetir Anian Aberystwyth
Coetir Anian - discover more

Seren Charity Market Drayton
Seren Charity - discover more

County Bee and Wasp Recorder ELAN VALLEY
County Bee and Wasp Recorder - discover more

BRACE Llanfyllin
BRACE - discover more

Gelli Deg Dyfi Machynlleth
Gelli Deg Dyfi - discover more

Verges for Nature PRESTEIGNE and NORTON
Verges for Nature - discover more

Cultivate (Cwm Harry) Cyfyngedig NEWTOWN
Cultivate (Cwm Harry) Cyfyngedig - discover more

Gwenoliaid Duon Llanidloes Swifts
Gwenoliaid Duon Llanidloes Swifts - discover more

Llangattock Community Woodlands Llangattock
Llangattock Community Woodlands - discover more

Montgomery Energy Group LLANDYSSIL
Montgomery Energy Group - discover more

Vibrant Vyrnwy Llanwddyn
Vibrant Vyrnwy - discover more

Radnorshire Wildlife Trust Llandrindod Wells
Radnorshire Wildlife Trust - discover more

Radnorshire Wildlife Trust Powys
Radnorshire Wildlife Trust Powys - discover more

Machynlleth Biodiversity Group Machynlleth
Machynlleth Biodiversity Group - discover more

Edible Mach
Edible Mach - discover more

Knighton Community Woodlands Group
Knighton Community Woodlands Group - discover more

RSPB Lake Vyrnwy Oswestry
RSPB Lake Vyrnwy - discover more

ON THE VERGE TALGARTH - discover more

Businesses and Suppliers

Dolydd Gobaith - discover more

The Hanging Gardens Llanidloes
The Hanging Gardens - discover more

Sector39 Oswestry
Sector39 - discover more

Wilder Meat
Wilder Meat - discover more

Green Lane Burial Field Montgomery
Green Lane Burial Field - discover more

Cambrian Edible Plants Llandrindod Wells
Cambrian Edible Plants - discover more

Wilder Pentwyn Produce Pentwyn
Wilder Pentwyn Produce - discover more


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