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Enhancing Biodiversity

What is Biodiversity?

Biodiversity is the variety of life, in all its forms. The term biodiversity is widely used to refer to plants, animals and their habitats and ecosystems. Biodiversity encompasses not only the rare species which dominate conservation activities, but also the common species and habitats which we see everyday and
sometimes take for granted.

Biodiversity action plans have been produced at a nationally which target particularly rare and endangered species and habitats. On a regional level, a Greater Manchester Biodiversity Biodiversity Action Plan has also been produced which concentrates on the specific biodiversity issues which affect our region.

The Greater Manchester Biodiversity Project
The Biodiversity Project aims to bring together individuals and organisations from all sectors of the community to conserve biodiversity across Greater Manchester.
The Greater Manchester Biodiversity Action Plan (GMBAP) is being produced for the county by a partnership of organisations and individuals. The plan is a document that sets out how we are going to conserve habitats and species in Greater Manchester.

Pennine Edge Forest is working as one of a number of partners to enhance the biodiversity within the region, and contributing towards the regional targets within the biodiversity action plan.

Woodland creation plans are assessed for their impact on the local biodiversity. It is important that in planting woodland, we are not replacing a habitat of greater or equal importance. Woodland tree species are also carefully chosen to make the maximum contribution to biodiversity. This is especially important where existing valuable woodland is being extended, and species planted will reflect the long term management aims for the woodland. Where possible, the BAP targets are being contributed to which include:

Wet woodland

Upland oak woodland
Biodiversity is also of vital importance when managing existing woodlands. Many of the PEF woodlands have been planted on post industrial or reclaimed sites; former landfills etc, and contain a mix of species. Long term management will, where appropriate aim to maximise their biodiversity by selecting the most appropriate species mix (oak, ash etc) and to provide for other woodland habitats such as glades, rides, woodland ponds and invertebrate habitats.

Another aspect of this work is providing training for the partnership in aspects of woodland management and planting.

Further details of the Greater Manchester Biodiversity project can be found at:
www.gmbp.org.uk

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