Managing biodiversity in Harrow
What is Biodiversity
Biodiversity refers to the number and variety of organisms found within a specified geographic region. And the variability among living organisms on the earth, including the variability within and between species and within and between ecosystems. Biodiversity encompasses the whole variety of life on earth. It includes all species of plants and animals and the ecosystems of which they are part.
Why is biodiversity important?
Many people enjoy seeing wildlife or value the presence of open spaces, but biodiversity also provides a number of important services that we rely on. In an urban area such as Harrow, biodiversity plays a vital role in:
- cleaning our air
- reducing the effect of the 'urban heat island' (hot temperatures in summer)
- helping to control water run-off and so reduce flooding.
For more information, and to get involved, you can:
- view the further info section
- download the existing Harrow Biodiversity Action Plan
- visit the following websites:
Harrow's Biodiversity Management Plans
- Belmont Trail
- Cedars Open Space
- Celadine Route
- Grims Ditch
- Headstone Manor
- Old Redding Complex
- Old Tennis Courts
- Pinner Memorial Park
- Seven-Acre Lake
- Stanmore Marsh