Biodiversity is a shortened form of two words, 'biological' and 'diversity', and refers to the variety and abundance of all life on earth.

The Wildlife and Development Supplementary Planning Guidance (pdf) shows how biodiversity must be actively considered by all development proposals.

Download the council's Biodiversity Duty Report 2023 (pdf)


Newport Pollinators 

We aim to adapt the mowing regimes of selected areas of grassland across Newport in order to encourage native wildflowers to flourish.

This will include meadows, roadside verges and various sites throughout the borough like cemeteries and parks.

Key sites for improved management will include various roadside verges, grasslands at Allt-yr-yn Local Nature Reserve, St. Julians Local Nature Reserve, Riverside Park, Wentwood Meadow, Rogerstone, Duffryn and St Woolos Cemetery.

Read about Newport's bee friendly grass management

Shrill Carder Bee project

Working with the Living Levels Project and Bumblebee Conservation Trust, areas of grassland at Percoed Reen and the Household Waste Recycling Centre are being managed for bumblebees.

Following traditional hay meadow management methods, the grass will be cut and collected each autumn to maintain low soil fertility and high species diversity and create perfect habitat for pollinators.

The Shrill Carder Bee is found in only six locations around Britain and the Gwent Levels in Newport is a hotspot for the species. 

Barrack Hill

Barrack Hill is a Site of Importance in Nature Conservation (SINC) site, designated for its large mosaic of semi-improved wet and dry natural grassland, scrub, bracken and woodland. 

The project will enhance the areas ability to support nature recovery through increased active conservation management, communication and engagement with local residents. 


Email [email protected] or contact Newport City Council and ask for the countryside and conservation team.