Introduction

Biodiversity means ‘variety of life’. It includes all living organisms, including species, ecosystems and genetic diversity. Biodiversity is fundamental for the earth’s life support system.

Somerset has some outstanding wildlife areas including

  • 45 miles of coastline
  • 1 National Park
  • 4 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • 11 Special Areas of Conservation
  • 2 Special Protection Areas
  • 11 National Nature Reserves
  • 124 Sites of Special Scientific Interest
  • 2312 Local wildlife sites

Somerset’s wildlife heritage also includes a large number of other rare habitats and species, so it is important for us to protect them.

We have a statutory duty to conserve biodiversity. To carry this out, we work in partnership with other organisations, voluntary groups and local communities on projects to improve and protect Somerset’s wildlife.