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Merthyr Tydfil Nature Recovery Action Plan (2019-2024)

The Environment (Wales) Act 2016 introduced an enhanced biodiversity and resilience of ecosystems duty (the S6 duty) for public authorities in the exercise of their functions in relation to Wales.

The S6 duty – public authorities must seek to ‘maintain and enhance biodiversity’ wherever possible within the proper exercise of their functions and in doing so; seek to promote the ‘resilience of ecosystems’.

  • Biodiversity (‘biological diversity’)

‘The variety of plant and animal life in the world or in a particular habitat.’

  • Ecosystem

‘A functioning unit made up of living organisms (plants/animals/micro-organisms) within their non-living environment (air/water/minerals/soil) and all the diverse and complex interactions that take place between them.’

  • Resilience of ecosystems

‘A resilient ecosystem has the ability to respond to disturbance by resisting damage and recovering quickly.’

The Merthyr Tydfil Nature Recovery Action Plan (MTNRAP) details the actions undertaken and planned to be undertaken by the Council in relation to the S6 duty in accordance with the Environment (Wales) Act 2016.

Biodiversity in Merthyr Tydfil County Borough

The MTNRAP explores the current state of biodiversity in Merthyr Tydfil County Borough describing, in broad terms, the diverse range of habitats and species found.

Examples of habitats found within the County Borough include:

  • native woodland
  • ffridd
  • heathland
  • rhôs pasture
  • wetland
  • naturally re-vegetated mineral spoil areas
  • rivers & streams

Examples of protected species found within the County Borough include:

  • European otter
  • bats
  • great crested newt
  • water vole
  • marsh fritillary butterfly
  • Ley’s whitebeam

The MTNRAP includes awareness raising, education, data collection, sustainable development and ecological connectivity.

Merthyr Tydfil Biodiversity Partnership

The Merthyr Tydfil Biodiversity Partnership was formed to help implement and meet the targets of the Local Biodiversity Action Plan (now replaced by the Merthyr Tydfil Nature Recovery Action Plan – see above). The actions for all habitats and species in this plan are to maintain extent, achieve favourable condition, restore, expand, maintain and increase species in the borough.

The partnership is made up of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, and a variety of individuals, community groups, voluntary, government, and non-government organisations.

If you would like to join or find out more about the Merthyr Tydfil Biodiversity Partnership or would like more information on the Merthyr Tydfil Nature Recovery Action Plan (2019-2024) please contact the Merthyr Tydfil Biodiversity Officer.