Blooming marvellous new look for park

A public park in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, has been transformed after OPAL worked with the local community to introduce a wildflower meadow.

The meadow in King George V Park has been in full bloom throughout the summer creating a colourful carpet of daisies, poppies and other flowers for local residents and pollinators to enjoy.


About lichens and mosses in orchards


Orchards – groups of trees cultivated to produce food – have a long history in the British Isles, which may stretch back as far as the Neolithic period.

The recognition of traditional orchards as biodiversity hotspots led to the creation of a Habitat Action Plan for orchards in 2007, and they are of increasing interest to scientists.

Lichens on an apple tree

Hedge conservation – what is being done to protect this habitat?


Holly in a hedgeHedgerows are listed as a priority habitat in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP). This means that they have been identified as an important habitat and actions are being taken to increase the quantity and quality of hedges in the UK, so that they continue to support a wealth of wildlife.

Find out more about priority habitats

What does your hedge award mean?


How does your hedge benefit wildlife? Is it an important provider of food and shelter for animals? When you submit your survey results online, we’ll give your hedge a rating that will tell you more about its potential importance for wildlife.

If you complete the whole survey, your hedge will receive a bronze, silver or gold award in each of the following three categories. But what do they mean?

2010 - International Year of Biodiversity

Grey HeronWe all rely on the rich diversity of life to provide us with  food, clothes, fuel and medicine. Unfortunately, we are losing species and their habitats at an ever faster rate. Now is the time to take action.

The International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) launched this week in the UK. It offers the perfect opportunity to learn more about the issues we face and how you can help.



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