Ecologist and Biodiversity Forum Co-ordinator
NPT Local Biodiversity Action Plan
Habitats and Species
The Welsh Government has published a list of habitats and species of principal importance in Wales, known as the Section 7 list this forms the basis of the LBAP. Any of these habitats and species found in NPT will be protected and enhanced where possible, particularly through the planning process. Any habitats or species not on this list, but important to NPT, will also be dealt with through the LBAP. For more information on the species found in NPT please contact the South East Wales Biodiversity Records Centre.
Neath Port Talbot Biodiversity Forum
The Biodiversity Forum is made up of representatives from a wide range of organisations plus individuals with an interest in local wildlife and land management. It is open to anyone to join and is responsible for the delivery of the LBAP. The Biodiversity Team provide the secretariat and there is an independent chair.
Countryside and Wildlife Team
The role of the Countryside and Wildlife Team is to give attention to the pressure on biodiversity in Neath Port Talbot. Working closely with other departments, external organisations and volunteers, positive changes have already been made. The Unit provides the secretariat for the Neath Port Talbot Biodiversity Forum.
Deptford Pink © NPT CBC
Bryn Tip © Maggie Elsey
Honey buzzard © NPT CBC
Deptford Pink is a beautiful pink flower and usually grows in open sites such as in pastures, roadsides, field margins and, occasionally, on waste ground. It is becoming increasing rare in Wales and work has been undertaken by the NPT Biodiversity Forum to establish new populations of Deptford Pink at suitable locations in Neath Port Talbot.
Bryn Tip is one of 4 Local nature reserves in the county and is the site of the former Bryn Navigation Colliery now restored to natural habitat and home to a number of rare and protected species. These include linnets and skylarks, golden-ringed dragonflies, slow worms, common lizards and dark green fritillary butterflies.
Honey buzzards are secretive and rare birds of prey in the UK and we are very privileged to see them here in the county. Wintering in Africa, honey buzzards are rare breeders in the UK. They are well known for their adaptation for eating wasp grubs. They also take amphibians, principally frogs, small mammals and reptiles and can raid the nests of pigeons and thrushes. They can be seen from May through to August. In Neath you are most likely to see them soaring over the Resolven valley.
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