Biodiversity Projects in
The projects below are just a selection of those that are
currently taking place or have taken place within the last few
years in Worcestershire.
Pershore Wetlands (the Avon Meadows)
Flood meadows between the River Avon and Pershore town have been
restored and enhanced in a project that will not only help protect
local properties from flooding and filter runoff entering the
river from the town but also greatly increase the biodiversity
value of the site.
In the short time since the works were completed to create a
network of ditches and scrapes, the wildlife has started to move in
and make use of the new pond, reed bed and wet grassland
Partners in the project include Wychavon District Council,
Pershore Town Council, Pershore Market Town Partnership,
Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, Severn Trent
Water, Natural England and Pershore College. A 'Friends of Avon
Meadows' community group has been established to help manage the
site and monitor the wildlife.
Malvern Hills Orchard Survey
The Malvern Hills AONB
Partnership funded a pilot project in the northern hills
during 2010 to investigate the quality of traditional orchards and
their associated grasslands.
The project developed and tested Local Wildlife Site
criteria for orchards to be used by the Worcestershire and
Herefordshire Local Sites Partnerships.
Kemerton Conservation Trust Orchard Restoration
With help from the Worcestershire Biodiversity Partnership, the
Kemerton Conservation Trust secured
just under £20,000 in grant funding in 2009 for a 3-year project to
restore and survey several important local orchards.
The project is part of the Countdown 2010 initiative,
co-ordinated by the National Trust, to restore and protect orchards
across the country.
Grow with Wyre
In 2008 the Forestry Commission and partners secured a Landscape
Partnership Scheme grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore
the unique landscape of Wyre and celebrate its rich working
Find out more about the project by visiting the Grow with Wyre
Plantlife Tower Mustard Project
Plantlife undertook habitat management in 2008 and 2009 on
Kidderminster road verges to secure the future of the last
remaining populations of Tower Mustard in the West Midlands.
Visit the Plantlife website.
Herefordshire and Worcestershire Orchard Biodiversity
With funding from Natural England, this project was undertaken
by Dr Rob Widdicombe in 2008 on behalf of the Herefordshire and
Worcestershire LBAPs to investigate the threats to traditional
orchards from development and landscape and environmental
The final report of the project is available to download
The project presented a paper to the Orchards and Groves
conference at Sheffield Hallam University in September 2008.
The paper is available to download below.
Orchards and Groves
Worcestershire Habitat Inventory
This ongoing project provides a complete land use and habitat
inventory for the county using aerial photograph interpretation and
The first mapping stage of the project was completed in April
2008 and new data will be added as it becomes available to ensure
the inventory remains current. For more information see the
Worcestershire Habitat Inventory page on
our website or contact Emily Barker.
Worcestershire Ancient Tree Project
Funded by the Heritage Lottery between July 2007 and May
2009, this project worked with local volunteers to locate and
survey ancient trees throughout the county.
Almost 3000 trees were recorded, with the biggest discovered
being a huge oak tree with a 13m girth growing just outside the
village of Great Witley. There are still more ancient trees to find
and we welcome new records!
The project was hosted by the Worcestershire Biological Records
Centre on behalf of the Worcestershire Recorders.
The Worcestershire Vision Mapping Project
Undertaken in a pilot area of nine parishes between 2005-2007, this
project involved mapping communities' visions for the future of
biodiversity in their local area. Follow this link for more details of the project.
Tomorrow's Heathland Heritage
This HLF funded project ran for four years from January 2002 until
December 2005. It enabled extensive capital works to restore large
areas of heathland habitat and make significant progress towards
the 1999 (since revised) BAP target for lowland heathland in
The public body with responsibility for
protecting, improving and regulating activities having an impact on
our river and wetland environments.
- The Forestry
Delivers the forestry policies of
England, Wales and Scotland, with a mission to protect and expand
Britain's forests and woodlands.
The public body whose purpose is to
protect and improve England's natural environment and encourage
people to enjoy and get involved in their surroundings.
- Worcestershire Biological Records
Exists to collect, collate, manage and
disseminate information relating to the habitats and species in
- Worcestershire Wildlife
Part of a national network of nature
conservation charities and works to conserve and restore wildlife
and wild places across the county.
- UK National
The UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK NEA) is
the first analysis of the UK’s natural environment in terms of the
benefits it provides to society and continuing economic
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