One of the main goals of the Green City Charter is to protect biodiversity and other key ecological features. The protection and enhancement of our natural environment is essential to a cleaner, greener future for everybody in Southampton.

We all have a vital role to play in halting the loss of biodiversity. Here’s what we’re doing as part of the Green City Charter.

Statutory nature conservation sites

These are areas that have been designated as sites of international and national importance for nature conservation. Southampton is home to a number of these. We have statutory duties to protect such sites and their features of interest, as well as to enhance their conservation value.

Local nature conservation sites

These are sites that are important locally. They have an essential role to play in our quality of life. We have a duty to make sure new developments do not harm these local sites. Developments can include habitat protection and enhancement measures that will enhance both their biodiversity and community value.

Protected species

Southampton is home to many protected species including:

  • Bats
  • Badgers
  • Great crested newts
  • Slow worms

Many of these species move around and have changed their behaviour to suit living in a city. So you may have seen some of the above in your gardens or other built-up areas if they make suitable habitats.

The Green City Charter will work to care for and make sure new developments do not harm populations of these protected species.

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