Council launches new biodiversity mapping tool

Uttlesford District Council has launched a biodiversity mapping tool that enables residents to tell the council about local sites with important biodiversity or that have the potential to be havens for plants, animals and insects.

The webpage invites people to drop a pin on a map of Uttlesford indicating the location and then answering five simple questions. It can be any type of site and as small as a road verge or corner of a churchyard.

If you believe a site has the potential to improve or restore biodiversity or needs to be nurtured the council wants to hear from you.

According to the Wildlife Trust's 'State of Nature' report the UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world and has lost 60% of its important wildlife in the past 50 years.

Cllr Louise Pepper, cabinet member for Environment & Green Issues, said: "Improving our biodiversity is vitally important - it is essential to the health and enjoyment of our countryside.

"We want to hear from local residents, children and school nature projects, local nature groups and the many people who regularly walk our countryside. They are the people who know their area best."

As the map gathers more and more sites all the 'pins' will be visible for people to see what is happening in their area and elsewhere in the district.

The sites submitted on the completed map will be considered alongside the evidence base for the local plan and will also indicate candidates for a district council-led programme of assisting biodiversity through expertise and funding.

The map can be accessed via https://uttlesfordbiodiversitymap.commonplace.is/

26 July 2021

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