THIS moment marks the beginning of Winchester City Council’s Biodiversity Action Plan.

Cabinet member for the climate emergency, Cllr Lynda Murphy can be seen planting the first of many trees planned for the district.

The council has pledged to protect, enhance, and restore nature. Its plan identifies more than ‘60 biodiversity actions’ that will be delivered in 2021. Each action set out in the plan supports at least one of the 22 key species or four key habitats identified within its scope including species-rich grassland, and declining species like hedgehogs and swifts.

Cllr Murphy said: “I am delighted to officially launch the Winchester City Council Biodiversity Action Plan 2021. Our planet is currently facing an Ecological emergency - here in Winchester, our district is losing biodiversity at an alarming rate.

“We must all act now to reverse this decline. Our plan makes it clear what the city council will do to help turn the tide of biodiversity loss. I am optimistic and excited not only about the great work we have planned, but also what we will be able to achieve working with others to benefit both wildlife and people.”