Breckland Council aims to protect and enhance the landscape and its biodiversity in keeping with the policies of the adopted Core Strategy and Development Control Policies and with national and international obligations.

Under Section 40 of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act (2006) Icon for pdf Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act PDF [512.88KB]it has a statutory duty -

"Every public authority must, in exercising its functions, have regard, so far as is consistent with the proper exercise of those functions, to the purpose of conserving biodiversity."

Biodiversity represents the amazing richness and variety of plants, animals, fungi and bacteria. Biodiversity is all living things, from a beetle to a badger; from a lichen to a lime tree. You will find biodiversity everywhere from window boxes to wild woods; from roadsides to rabbit warrens. More information can be found on theNorfolk Biodiversity Partnership (opens in a new window).

The district has more County Wildlife Sites than any other in Norfolk (Norfolk Wildlife Trust (opens in a new window)); many nationally important Sites of Special Scientific Interest and the supreme, European notified, Breckland Special Area of Conservation, Breckland Special Protection Area, Wensum Special Area of Conservation and Norfolk Valley Fens Special Area of Conservation (Nature on the Map (opens in a new window))

Last updated: 15/04/2020 11:40:56