Biodiversity: the huge variety of life within our environment. This group realise that plants and animals do amazing things. Plants capture carbon from the atmosphere, helping in the fight against increased carbon emissions. Established trees in woodland can communicate via fungal networks so that in their fight against drought and other extreme weather conditions they respond together by producing masses of seed when threatened. Animals help in the breakdown of dead plant material to improve the structure of the soil. Wilding greatly helps to accelerate this process.

In the biodiversity group we help to support plant and animal life. We plant hedges, trees and encourage and support others to do the same e.g. schools. We maintain our own planting through our own workshops or via the Conservation Group in Barton Farm Country Park. The group contributes towards the protection of areas of wildlife under threat through letter writing and protest. There is a monthly workshop to make owl and other bird nest boxes. If you have hedgehogs in your garden please protect them. They are a species under threat in Bradford-on-Avon.

A dynamic swift group has developed as a sub-group of the biodiversity group. They are very active in the conservation of this iconic species in the town.

If you feel you would like to help the group in any way please email


  • Protect the Hedgehog: provide hedgehog highways in new developments here
  • Follow David Attenborough’s advice and leave a spoonful of sugar to help bees. More
  • Collect water samples as part of Bristol Avon Water Blitz More
  • Request and plant a pack of bee-friendly seeds here.
  • Donate to Friends of the Earth and receive a bee saving kit here


September update

Heather is one of the most glorious sights to see on the moorlands in August, unfortunately the effects of the fires on some moors have reduced its intensity of growth and colour.


It is now August and by the time you read this the skies over Bradford on Avon will be quiet and the Swifts well on their way to their winter home in Africa. However, the Swift group remains active and would very much like to collate a list

Active Travel Group

Community Involvement Group

Energy Group

Sustainable Food & Drink Group

Zero Waste Group