Protecting and restoring nature
One of the pleasures of living in Brighton & Hove is being part of the spectacular geography, geology and biodiversity of the coast, downland and urban open spaces on our doorsteps.
These precious habitats, with their unique plants and wildlife, are under threat, through pollution, loss of habitat and changing weather patterns due to climate change. Wildlife and habitats are being lost at an alarming rate.
Nature is the foundation to heal and restore our planet and to regulate climate as it has been doing for millennia. It provides crucial services that we cannot do without, with healthy ecosystems delivering essential benefits for people and wildlife alike.
For example, healthy soil, plants and trees ‘capture’ carbon or pollution,filter run-off from heavy rainfall and provide essential food, nutrition and refuge for wildlife including pollinators. Invisible fungal networks work silently beneath our feet to underpin ecological processes.
Biodiversity is also vital to the food system. Food security depends on healthy soil, water and abundant nature.
All this alongside providing us much needed colour, vibrancy and joy – connection to nature and the natural world helps us to live fulfilled and healthy lives.
We all have a part to play to better protect and restore the natural habitats and wildlife in our area.