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What is biodiversity?
A small word that means a lot! Biodiversity is the variety of all life. It includes all rare and common species of animals and plants, the complex ecosystems which they are part of and which support them, and their physical environment e.g. soils.
The Biodiversity of Eastleigh Borough
Eastleigh Borough contains a variety of biodiversity rich habitats including locally, nationally and internationally rare ones. These habitats include ancient semi-natural woodland, unimproved flower-rich grassland, heathland, saltmarsh, wetland and chalk rivers. The borough is also home to many rare species.
Ancient coppice woodland managed by Portsmouth Water alongside the River Itchen
Photograph taken by Tracey Viney