Biodiversity is the whole variety of life on earth, from the tiniest bug to the mightiest tree, and includes every living plant and animal. It is vital to keep the diversity of life on the planet as abundant and diverse as possible for our health and prosperity, and for future generations.

Public Consultation

Second Nature: A Biodiversity Action Plan for the Falkirk Council area

"Second Nature" is the 3rd Biodiversity Action Plan for the Falkirk Council area. It includes lots of actions and projects to be done to help local wildlife. We will work with many different organisations, community groups and individuals to put it into action.

You are invited to comment on the draft action plan. Comments and ideas should be sent to biodiversity@falkirk.gov.uk by 18 July 2018.

All comments are welcome but in particular you could consider these questions:

  • Is the vision of what we want to achieve appropriate?
  • Does the plan identify the right priority habitats and species for this area?
  • Are there additional projects which should be included in the action plans?
  • Can you help do any of the projects?

Consultation document

Second Nature - A biodiversity action plan for the Falkirk Council area - consultation draft

Biodiversity Duty Report

We have a legal duty to protect and conserve biodiversity and we must report how we have done this. The Biodiversity duty reports below detail this for the periods 2011-2014 and 2015-2017.

Biodiversity Duty Report - 2015 to 2017
Biodiversity Duty Report - 2011 to 2014

Biodiversity and development

Development of all kinds can put pressure on our natural environment. However development and biodiversity conservation need not be mutually exclusive and can work together. Advice to assist developers to meet the Council's biodiversity objectives is given in supplementary guidance:

Biodiversity and Development SPG

Biodiversity audit

To safeguard our local biodiversity we have to know which plants, animals and habitats can be found locally and whether they need action to conserve them.

'The Biodiversity of Falkirk: an assessment of priority habitats and species' was produced in April 2000 and looks at over 250 different habitats, plants and animals that occur in the Falkirk Council area. For each of these habitats and species a brief statement about its local extent and significance is provided, as well as an indication of the main threats to it.

More information can be found in The Biodiversity of Falkirk Audit:

The Biodiversity of Falkirk Audit

News and events

There is lots going on in the Falkirk area to help conserve our local biodiversity. You can download our biodiversity newsletter below:

Biodiversity newsletter vol 18 - autumn 2016
Biodiversity newsletter vol 17 - winter 2015
Biodiversity newsletter vol 16 - summer 2014
Biodiversity newsletter vol 15 - winter 2013
Biodiversity newsletter vol 14 - winter 2012
Biodiversity newsletter vol 13 - winter 2011
Biodiversity newsletter vol 12 - spring 2011
Biodiversity newsletter vol 11 - summer 2010