North Wessex Downs AONB, Units 3-4, Denford Manor, Lower Denford, Hungerford, RG17 0UN
01488 685 440  info@northwessexdowns.org.uk

Projects

 

Stepping Stones

Background

If we can work with people to reconnect the landscape by creating functional links between high quality habitats, then we will be able to reduce the ecological isolation of habitats such as species rich chalk grassland and populations that are at risk, such as the marsh fritillary butterfly.

In partnership with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs AONB, we have been successful in winning £140,000 of Government funding to deliver an exciting new project called Stepping Stones.

This project will take place on the Pewsey Downs and the West Wiltshire Downs, running from 1st October 2012 to 31st March 2015. Click here to see a larger version of the project area. 

The Stepping Stones objectives are

Current Projects.

We have started identifying key areas where links will have the greatest ecological impact so that we can start working with landowners to establish appropriate management within an effective corridor.

There are many ways to get involved. For instance, we will want to enhance some areas with wild flower plant plugs grown from seed of local provenance. You might be a local gardener who would like to help us do this, or you may be part of a Garden Club, Horticultural Society, school or community group which might like to be involved.

It is expected that we will be establishing voluntary schemes with farmers on the intervening arable land between areas of high habitat quality, or we may use Environmental Stewardship options, to create corridors and stepping stones. On-going agronomic advice and support will be part of the package so that these corridors and nodes of habitat are maintained and managed well.

For further information please contact the North Wessex Downs Office.