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Biodiversity and Geodiversity

Find out about biodiversity and geodiversity in West Lothian and why it is important to preserve our natural environment

Although West Lothian is an urban dominated environment the diversity and quality of its countryside and urban areas is important in the context of sustainable development and its communities.

As a consequence, environmental pressures and threats are priority issues in relation to policy and services. The council's commitment to sustainable development through its strategy adopted in 2005, and its role in addressing issues such as climate change, pollution, waste management, transport and biodiversity, are reflected in its strategic and service delivery responses.

  • West Lothian's Local Geodiversity Sites

    West Lothian's landscape has developed and been shaped over millions of years, by geological processes and by people. West Lothian's Local Geodiversity Sites have been selected to represent the variety of landscapes, landforms and rock features of the area. These sites have particular value, either for education and tourism; for academic research; for the history of science; or for their aesthetic appearance. In West Lothian, 51 Local Geodiversity Sites (LGS) have been identified.

  • Biodiversity in West Lothian

    Although West Lothian is an urban dominated environment the diversity and quality of its countryside and urban areas is important in the context of sustainable development and its communities.

  • Local Nature Reserves

    Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) are places to enjoy and learn more about local wildlife or geology and can be found in urban areas, on the coast, or in the countryside.