Programme 3: Remarkable Wildlife

RW_BlockA rich semi-natural mosaic, people living in this harsh, exposed environment, scraping a living from the rocks and thin soils have helped create a rich mosaic of remarkable wildlife.

Projects

Click on the links below for information on the five projects within this programme:

2014 programme update

During the first year of the Scheme we have been laying the groundwork for a lot of our projects. For our ‘Wildflower Meadows, Pastures & Verges’ project this has included producing some guidance materials on meadow management, starting visits to meadow owners to advise on management, and beginning to identify possible sites for meadow restoration work during Summer 2014.  JP Brayford, our Countryside Officer, can advise meadow owners on management and support, green hay spreading and soil and plant surveys where appropriate.  We are also developing a Meadow Management Group to share best practice, learning and networking between local meadow owners. To join the group contact JP Brayford

Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, we have decided not to progress our’Back to Black’ (bees) project. Instead we have been developing a new ‘Buzz in the Borders‘ project to support our native pollinators by helping people to garden better for wildlife. The project will start in Spring 2015.

Our Ground-nesting bird recovery project has got off to a flying start this year with work to raise awareness of the plight of these special birds and to look at how we might be able to support the dwindling populations of curlew, lapwing and snipe locally. Locally, many farmers and land managers are doing good work trying to reverse the decline in the curlew population, but much more support is needed and we have been talking with farmers to try and gauge from them what their experience suggests is the best way forward to save these dwindling populations. Monitoring work is being supported through our two new Community Wildlife Groups which are now up and running in the Camlad (Churchstoke area) and Rea Valley (Pontesbury/Minsterley) areas. The Groups have started monitoring plant and bird species this year but will also monitor other wildlife depending on the interests of members. To join either Group contact Joe Penfold and see our Summer events programme.

We have been looking for additional funding for our Products from the landscape project, and hope that the new European LEADER programme funding may be able to help. The project will run from early 2015.