Volunteer and help protect wildlife

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RESIDENTS are being encouraged to get involved in protecting wildlife.

Chichester District Council has published its updated Local Biodiversity Action Plan which shows how it will conserve and protect wildlife or biodiversity.

There are many Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Special Areas of Conservation in the district, from Chichester and Pagham harbours in the south, to The Mens woodland nature reserve and Ebernoe Common in the north.

People’s gardens, local parks and road verges can also be a refuge for wildlife and a home to rare wild flowers.

Stephanie Evans, the council’s environmental co-ordinator, said: ‘There are many ways people can encourage biodiversity in their own gardens, from creating a compost heap to planting native species of plants and flowers.

‘Other actions people can take are joining a local conservation group, helping establish or regenerate a community orchard or garden or becoming a tree or beach warden.’

The action plan can be downloaded at chichester.gov.uk.

If you would like to volunteer in the district’s parks and gardens contact Mick Gore, parks and green spaces officer at the council, on 01243 534823 or email mgore@chichester.gov.uk.