Ceredigion is rich in habitats and wildlife; its biodiversity is an important component of the County's distinctiveness. 'Rhos' pastures (also the habitat of the rare Marsh Fritillary butterfly); estuaries and wetlands of international importance that support wildfowl and waders and oak woodland all contribute to the biodiversity of the County. Ceredigion is also a stronghold for the Red Kite and Chough. The coastline of Cardigan Bay is of importance for sea birds whilst its waters support Bottlenose Dolphin, Harbour Porpoise and Atlantic Grey Seal.
Conserving biodiversity is not just about rare or threatened species, it is about all living things. Protecting the variety of life around is increasingly important, not just for the intrinsic worth of plants and animals themselves, but for human needs.
The production of the Local Biodiversity Action Plan marks an important stage in sustaining Ceredigion's wildlife resource. It provides a foundation for the community to work together for the future well-being of the County's biodiversity. The Plan has been produced by the Ceredigion Biodiversity Partnership, which comprises a range of organisations with a responsibility for wildlife.
Planning for biodiversity in Ceredigion is a continuous process; the Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) will evolve as knowledge increases and through the actions that will be taken to sustain a range of habitats and species in the County.
Cllr Alun Lloyd-Jones Chairman, Ceredigion Biodiversity Partnership July 2002'
16. Merthyr Tydfil
18. Blaenau Gwent