Biodiversity can be defined as the variety of life on Earth, encompassing all living things. Every species has its role in this system, including us, and we depend on the biodiversity of the world to survive.
Many people may not realise it, but every day of our lives we rely on the biodiversity of the world for sources of fresh water, food and fuel.
There is ever increasing pressure on habitats and the resources within them. For instance, in the last 70 years, a staggering 97% of meadows have been lost in the UK due to intensive agriculture, and almost none of this habitat remains.
We are committed to improving the biodiversity of all our sites through changes in grounds management to support native species.
At our Exeter headquarters we have introduced areas of wildflower meadow, improved pond and woodland areas, and also changed formal flower beds around the site to increase species diversity and provide nectar for insects through much of the year.
As well as work at our headquarters, we also try and promote biodiversity enhancement at our frontline sites.
As a result of the way we manage our site, the Met Office has been awarded the prestigious Wildlife Trusts' Biodiversity Benchmark Award
Only a handful of companies have met this standard and we are the first public sector body to do so. This reflects our ongoing commitment to increase biodiversity at our Exeter HQ and frontline sites, while also reducing our overall environmental impact.
You can read about Met Office biodiverity work in MOD Sanctuary, Issue 40 and in the January 2012 issue of the environmentalist, a monthly publication of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment
Last updated: 3 October 2013