What is biodiversity?

Biodiversity is all life on Earth.  It is the total variety of all the living things that includes everything from our tallest trees and largest mammals, to our smallest flowers and minute insects and the habitats they live in.  It also includes genetic differences within a single species and the complex ecosystems they are part of.

Why conserve it?

Biodiversity is central to all life on Earth.  By having a rich array of biodiversity we have a healthy environment that provides air to breathe, water to drink and food to eat.  A healthy environment is essential for healthy people, both in body and in mind.

Biodiversity also provides the raw materials for things like clothes and medicine, and with many species still to be discovered with unknown potential it is essential they are protected. 

Biodiversity is also an important part of our cultural heritage.  Our artists and poets, such as W.F. Marshall, captured the natural environment in their work and we should conserve and enhance it for future generations to continue to do so.

Omagh Local Biodiversity Action Plan

Launched in 2008 in partnership with the Ulster Wildlife Trust and the Omagh Biodiversity Steering Group, Omagh District Council embarked on a new programme called the Omagh Local Biodiversity Action Plan. 

The plan aims to conserve and enhance Omagh’s rich wildlife now and for the future through smaller, more targeted Habitat Action Plans (HAP’s) and Species Action Plans (SAP’s). These action plans cover habitats such as raised bog, woodland and rivers and also focus on flagship species such as the green hairstreak butterfly and otter.

Today Omagh District Council continues to work with a range of statutory and voluntary groups to implement the plans and drive forward biodiversity conservation in the District.

For more information on the Omagh Local Biodiversity Action Plan and Biodiversity follow the link to the Biodiversity webpage here