Biodiversity in South Gloucestershire

September 30 2020
Biodiversity in South Gloucestershire

Thornbury & Yate MP Luke Hall writes for the Voice

PROTECTING and enhancing our local biodiversity is an essential part of ensuring South Gloucestershire remains one of the most beautiful places to live anywhere in the country.

We are surrounded by stunning wildlife sites and green spaces, such as the River Frome, Yate Common, Ridge Woods, Cleeve Wood, Ladden Brook, Upper Morton, Sodbury Common and Brimsham Wood.

As well as their intrinsic natural beauty, these areas are buzzing with wildlife, like hedgehogs, doves, lizards, water voles, sparrows, toads, cuckoos and a variety of butterflies, birds and insects.

As a society we benefit greatly from the biodiversity around us. Food, fibre, wood, water, pollination, nutrient cycling, soil formation, water purification and flood defences are all possible because of our local biodiversity.

These sites also provide opportunities for personal reflection and recreation, such as walking, running or day trips with the family, which many of us benefit from.

This local biodiversity is critical for both our well-being and our survival, and we must do all we can to protect and enhance it.

I am therefore delighted that we are set to benefit from a more than £11,500 funding boost for protecting biodiversity in our area. This will be used to research and implement further opportunities to enhance the biodiversity of the sections of the River Frome which run through the Goose Green Fields Nature Reserve.

This funding comes as part of South Gloucestershire Council’s £8 million investment in protecting our environment where they are encouraging people to take steps to reduce their own carbon footprint.

In my capacity are our local MP, I have also written to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, asking for funding to restore our local ash trees. Many have had to be cut down due to ash dieback, a highly infectious disease. It is vital we get these areas replanted as soon as possible.

Protecting local green spaces and the environment remains a key part of my Positive Plan for South Gloucestershire, alongside fighting poorly planned housing developments and securing more electric car charging points.

Delivering these campaigns are just a few steps we must take, to ensure that we reach the Government’s unwavering commitment to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

As someone who has lived locally my whole life, I am dedicated to ensuring South Gloucestershire remains one of the most beautiful places to live in the country.

For more information on our local biodiversity visit the biodiversity page on South Gloucestershire Council's website.

As ever, if anyone has any thoughts on protecting our environment or any other issue that they would like to raise, then please do not hesitate to contact me at