a country rich in wildlife, with a wide diversity for such a small
area. This diversity of species is linked to our wide variety of
habitats, ranging from Coastal Dune systems to Pit Bings, from Ancient
Woodland to Freshwater Lochs, Ponds and Streams, from Heather Moorland
to Raised Bog, and from Lowland Heath to Saltmarshes and Estuaries.
occupy approximately 27,000 hectares of our urban and rural landscapes
and are connected to many of these and other habitats. Over 33 courses
have designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on them, demonstrating
that golfing areas are often important for their wildlife and habitats.
Many more are affected by other statutory and non statutory designations.
All golf courses
have something to offer in terms of wildlife conservation. All courses
have some wildlife. The amount of wildlife found on a course depends
upon the locality of the course, its soils, topography, vegetation,
climate and so on. However, golf courses can become more valuable
for wildlife if they wish. There are many things any club can do
to increase the amount and diversity of wildlife on their courses.
Many cost little or nothing, and many can actually save the club
money. Most relate to the creation and enhancement of habitats,
on which the species depend.