Biodiversity is a word used to describe the variety of life on Earth. It includes all species of plants and animals in all their forms and the complex habitats and systems they are part of.

When we talk about biodiversity, this is not limited to rare or threatened species or habitats - it includes the whole of the natural world, from the commonplace to the critically endangered.

The United Nations General Assembly has declared the period 2011-2020 to be the "United Nations Decade on Biodiversity".

Visit the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity website

You can find out more about our work to protect and enhance biodiversity both in this section and in our Corporate Responsibility Report.

In this section

Our biodiversity duties Midges on our sites