The State of UK Nature Reports, 2013 and 2016. Despite the progress made, these paint a disappointing picture with 15% of our native species under threat of extinction and 53% are in decline.
State of Surrey’s Nature by Surrey Wildlife Trust, 2018. Paints a worrying local picture with Surrey’s statistics worse in some respects than the national average.
A salutary lesson. There was a notable, thriving colony of Great Green Bush Crickets along The Bourne stream near the Fox pub until the 1990s. It disappeared perhaps because of new sewage works and tree growth taking over the grassy stream banks.
As an environmentally conscious town, Farnham considers it should do all it can to conserve and enhance its biodiversity. This is called for in the Neighbourhood Plan but at present there is no unified approach towards achieving that. We believe a good technical solution is needed.
If biodiversity is to be conserved and enhanced , a firm knowledge base is needed. Hence the requirement for a reliable inventory of habitats and species.
The excellent conservation work already going on is based on scattered sites in an uncoordinated way. Arguably, better results will be possible in all town areas with improved liaison and a degree of coordination.
Farnham is not an island. There is good work going on all round. A specific example is SWTs Living Landscapes Project with its network of Biodiversity Opportunity Areas with equivalents in Hampshire. But they stop at the boundary of the urban area. One exception is the Wey corridor