Biodiversity Action Plan
What is biodiversity
The living world is made up of many
thousands of different animals
and plants. Biodiversity is represented by all the plant and animal species that we see but it also includes the genetic variation and the complex
ecosystems of which they are part of.
living creature has its own genetic 'fingerprint'. Even tiny or
insignificant plants may have a vital place in a food chain and the
whole network of living things. Everything is precious, if you destroy
one small part, you may lose much more.
Biodiversity is not restricted to
rare or threatened species, but also
to more common species as well. Biodiversity includes the whole of the natural world from the plants and animals familiar to all of us and more closer home in the places where we live or work.
Anyone can start recording data. You do not have to be an expert; enthusiastic amateurs have a very important part to play
You can help to protect our natural heritage by passing your information on to Friends of Holly Hayes Wood
Our Biodiversity Action Plan
An audit in financial terminology is strictly an official examination of a business' accounts. The term has been adapted here to accommodate the evaluation of biodiversity - habitats and species instead of pounds and pence. So the biodiversity audit acts rather like an inventory, a list of things that we know exist, and this is a very important baseline from which to make future decisions.
Rather like a business, our audit sometimes does
not have all the
information that is required and it will most certainly change from
year to year. Without our annually updated biodiversity audit we
would never know if wildlife was in profit (more than last year) or
deficit (less than last year).
The enormous variety of rotting wood micro habitats means that in Britain, rotting wood alone may play host to over 1700 different invertebrate species, before you even begin to count the other species present.
can start recording data. You do not have to be an expert; enthusiastic
amateurs have a very important part to play. You can help to protect
our natural heritage by passing your information on to Friends of Holly
Hayes Wood , who are always pleased to receive any information about
plants, flora, fauna, fungi, birds or animals you might have seen and
Observations must come from Holly Hayes Wood, Coalville Meadows and Forest Rock Wood. No matter how trivial you think the information is, it will be useful to Friends of Holly Hayes Wood.
The data requested is as follows:
Site where the observation was made
OS Grid Reference for the site (see location)
Date of Observation
Your Name and Contact Details
Any further information (e.g. numbers, sexes, habitats, etc.)
Our BAP recording spreadsheet can be downloaded here
You can submit your records by email or posting your results to us:
The Biodiversity Officer
Friends of Holly Hayes Wood
78 St Bernards Road
Hayes Wood - SK443 154
Includes the public footpath & stream that runs along side and goes through Holly Hayes Wood.
Coalville Meadows - SK446 150
Includes the public bridleway & railway line that run alongside Coalville Meadows.
Pond Area - SK444 152
Includes the public permissive footpath & stream that goes up towards the railway line.
Forest Rock Wood - SK444 160
The whole site, as the group intend to acquire the Forest Rock Wood site in the near future.
See our map for further details.
The above links will take you to a separate web page showing you the biodiversity that has been recorded in each of these areas categorised by family (details across).
Herpties (Reptiles and Amphibians)
What Reptiles are you likely to find
What Amphibians are you likely to find
Great Crested Newt
Smooth or Common Newt
When is the best time to carry out a survey to see reptiles
Spring is especially the best time for reptiles to be out basking. You can see them sometimes as early as February.
When the weather is cool this means that they need to bask for longer and they may spend up to several hours every day doing this.
In summer there is less need for them to bask, so this is the best time to do a survey.
Changes in weather conditions can be very good time to see them.
Sunshine after spells of rain is a very good time to see them.
Spells of dry & hot weather can produce totally negative results, as animals will aestivate (lie dormant in places of shelter).
As cooler autumn arrives - survey conditions improve again. They need to spend more time basking.