Biodiversity is a shortened form of two words, 'biological' and 'diversity', and refers to the variety and abundance of all life on earth.

The Wildlife and Development Supplementary Planning Guidance (pdf) shows how biodiversity must be actively considered by all development proposals.

Download the council's Biodiversity Duty Report 2019 (pdf)


Gaer Fort management

This historic landscape would have previously been covered in heather but bracken and trees have encroached and the majority of the heather has been lost.

The aim of this project is to manage the bracken on parts of the fort to allow heather to re-establish itself and providing a valuable home for reptiles, birds, butterflies, moths and mammals.

Winter bird feeding

A joint project between five local authorities in south Wales and Gwent Wildlife Trust.

Areas of land are sown with a mixture of seed containing sunflowers, kale, quinoa and wildflowers to supply farmland birds in particular with a food source during the winter months.

Five sites have been sown including Ridgeway viewing point, land to the rear of Panasonic, Christchurch viewing point, land adjacent to Duffryn Wood and Maesglas landfill.

19 Hills, Ringland

A grant was obtained through the Veolia Trust to undertake habitat creation and improvements at a flood-prone site in Ringland.

The 19 Hills wetland area has been created allowing easier access.

Shrill Carder Bee project

Working with Gwent Wildlife Trust and Bumblebee Conservation Trust an area of farmland is being managed for bumblebees, in particular the Shrill Carder Bee, on the Gwent Levels.

The Shrill Carder Bee is found in only six locations around Britain and the Gwent Levels in Newport is a hotspot for the species.

Wildlife symbols 

A new set of wildlife symbols will be located at St Julian’s Park to show the different wildlife that can be found there.


Email or contact Newport City Council and ask for the green services team.