Biodiversity is shorthand for Biological Diversity - the variety of all living things. It includes the 70,000* different UK plants, animals, insects, bacteria and fungi and the places where they live (* Natural History Museum). It includes the food we eat, the water we drink and the air that we breathe. It's happening all around us without our intervention, often without us noticing it.
Biodiversity shapes our local distinctiveness and the landscape character of South Ribble. It contributes to our sense of wellbeing and our mental health. It plays a part in our response to Climate Change, Air Quality and flood management.