Biodiversity Audits

Biodiversity is a core component of sustainable development that underpins economic development and prosperity. It has an important role to play in developing locally distinctive and sustainable communities.

From 1 October 2006, all public authorities in England and Wales have a Duty to consider the conservation of biodiversity in exercising their activities. The Duty aims to raise the profile and visibility of biodiversity, clarify existing commitments with regards to biodiversity, and to make it a natural and integral part of policy and decision making.

The Duty is set out in Section 40 of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act (NERC) 2006 which states: “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”.

As part of the museum’s response to the legislation, biodiversity audits have now been completed across all Amgueddfa Cymru sites. The audits were completed using the expertise of the staff within the Department of Biodiversity and Systematic Biology based at the National Museum Cardiff.

All of the museums sites received a Phase 1 habitat survey, which is the standard system for classifying and mapping wildlife habitats in Britain. The surveys provided information about the nature, location and extent of habitat types of each site.

The results of the Phase 1 habitat survey can then be used to determine areas suitable for more detailed survey, to indicate areas of value for nature conservation, and to provide a simple baseline for monitoring change in the future.

Additional surveys were also conducted, looking at the species present on the museum’s sites in more detail. Examples included the beetle diversity of the woods at St Fagans National History Museum and the spider diversity of Big Pit National Coal Museum.

The Habitat surveys and others reports can be found here.

  • National Museum Cardiff

    National Museum Cardiff

    Discover art, natural history and geology. With a busy programme of exhibitions and events, we have something to amaze everyone, whatever your interest – and admission is free!

  • St Fagans National History Museum

    St Fagans

    St Fagans is one of Europe's foremost open-air museums and Wales's most popular heritage attraction.

  • Big Pit National Coal Museum

    Big Pit

    Big Pit is a real coal mine and one of Britain's leading mining museums. With facilities to educate and entertain all ages, Big Pit is an exciting and informative day out.

  • National Wool Museum

    National Wool Museum

    Located in the historic former Cambrian Mills, the Museum is a special place with a spellbinding story to tell.

  • National Roman Legion Museum

    National Roman Legion Museum

    In AD 75, the Romans built a fortress at Caerleon that would guard the region for over 200 years. Today at the National Roman Legion Museum you can learn what made the Romans a formidable force and how life wouldn't be the same without them.

  • National Slate Museum

    National Slate Museum

    The National Slate Museum offers a day full of enjoyment and education in a dramatically beautiful landscape on the shores of Llyn Padarn.

  • National Waterfront Museum

    National Waterfront Museum

    The National Waterfront Museum at Swansea tells the story of industry and innovation in Wales, now and over the last 300 years.

  • Rhagor: Explore our collections

    Rhagor (Welsh for ‘more’) offers unprecedented access to the amazing stories that lie behind our collections.