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Wildlife Habitats

wildlife-habitat-graphicWildlife habitats are a very important part of our city’s assets, not only for protecting the variety of wildlife but also for their educational and aesthetic value. This data was taken from Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull Habitat Biodiversity Audit which has been recorded over three years from 1996. As this is the first year we have this data, it will act as a base from which future trends of wildlife habitats can be measured.

graph of habitat types in Coventry

Habitat types were grouped together as follows so they could be easily graphed and understood: ‘Intensive Agriculture and Allotments’ includes arable land, improved grassland, as well as allotments. Amenity Grasslands include playing fields and open grass spaces that are regularly mown and have little or no wildlife value. ‘Semi-natural habitats’ include all the remaining habitat types such as Scrub, Semi-Natural Woodland, Marsh Land.

Open Space makes up 39.4km2 (40%) of the city land area. Semi-natural habitats, which are of value to wildlife, account for just a quarter of this compared to Amenity Grasslands, almost one third. This means that land of value to wildlife makes up 9.88% of the total land area in the city and this will be monitored to see whether it increases or decreases.

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