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Our natural environment team can advise on many aspects of biodiversity, or "the variety of life".

This ranges from incorporating biodiversity into small projects and large-scale developments to working with communities and schools on smaller ones.

The natural environment team also helps to manage verges of special interest for wild flowers and bees.

Our ecology team, part of the natural environment team, helps to protect the county's habitats and wildlife by providing ecological planning guidance.

Tansy beetle project

The Tansy beetle project involved the protection of the Tansy beetle, one of Britain's most endangered insect species, found only along a stretch of the River Ouse, near York.

School bees project

An urban scheme, the school bees project has also been set up, exploring biodiversity opportunities on school grounds. A series of guidance notes to promote bee friendly habitats on school grounds and urban spaces are available to download.

Local biodiversity action plans - visit your local district or borough council for this service

In North Yorkshire this service is delivered by your local district or borough council. A biodiversity action plan identifies habitats and species that are in trouble and need conservation help. Click your approximate location on the map to be taken to your district council.

North Yorkshire and York local nature partnership

The local nature partnership covers all of the county of North Yorkshire and the City of York, except for the Yorkshire Dales national park and the Nidderdale AONB which are included in the neighbouring Northern Upland Chain local nature partnership area. Local nature partnerships are a government initiative to encourage organisations with an interest in nature and the environment to work together more closely. It will enable the partnership to take opportunities to manage nature in a more integrated way for the benefit of wildlife, people and the economy.

Biodiversity - frequently asked questions

This page was last updated on 9 September 2016