Biodiversity

County Wicklow Biodiversity Action Plan 2010-2015

The first Biodiversity Plan for County Wicklow was adopted by the members of Wicklow County Council in December 2010 and sets out a strategy for increasing our understanding and appreciation of biodiversity in the county along with measures for enhancing the protection of this valuable resource

Biodiversity is short for Biological Diversity, which in turn is another way of saying living diversity. Biodiversity refers to the variety of all life on the planet, including wildlife, humans, crops, agricultural stock and even our pets. Put simply, Biodiversity sustains all living things and is fundamental to our physical and economic well being; providing us with food, fuels, medicines and building materials while the processes of biodiversity help to provide fresh air, clean water, control of pests and diseases, pollination of crops and stabilisation of soil. In addition, Biodiversity and landscape are integrally linked and reflect a great deal of our history and culture, inspiring artists, attracting tourists, and providing endless scope for outdoor recreation. The importance therefore of having a healthy biodiversity cannot be overstated.

To receive your free copy of An Introduction to Biodiversity in County Wicklow (a double sided, A3 size poster) please contact the Heritage office or alternatively download a pdf below.

Also available is a Guide to the Murrough Wetlands, Wicklow Town, one of in a series of publications on Biodiversity in County Wicklow.

For advice and information on what your local group can do to enhance the biodiversity of your area request a free copy of Conserving and Enhancing Wildlife in Towns and Villages.

To find out more about Biodiversity nationally and what you can do to make a difference check out at Notice Nature website for information about Trees and the Law