Hastings & St. Leonards is a great place for wildlife with 7 nature reserves, 3 SSSIs and a SAC and another nature reserve due to be declared soon. Hastings Borough has one of the highest concentrations of nature reserves for a local authority in Britain and has one of the largest local nature reserves in south-east England.
With all this land decorated with nature conservation designations, wildlife rich parks and gardens and the marine wilderness of the English Channel bordering the Borough it is not a surprise that a great number of species have been recorded.
The changing climate and coastal location contribute to a very dynamic biodiversity within the Borough. New species are colonising, rare species are becoming common and common species becoming rare, the conservation of species and managing habitats is a complex and constantly changing task.
What does ‘Biodiversity’ mean?
Biodiversity literally means all life on earth but also eloquently includes in it’s meaning the complex interactions and dependancies between the planets lifeforms. Conversely to the words nature and wildlife, which make a distinction between humans and wild nature, biodiversity also includes human species in it’s meaning and therefore fully acknowledges the dependance on human survival of the other species we share our world with and the effect humans can have on the planet.