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Biodiversity Projects in Worcestershire

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.

DucksPershore 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 habitats.

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.

Apple blossomMalvern 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.

Orchard blossomKemerton 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 projectGrow 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 history.

Find out more about the project by visiting the Grow with Wyre website.

Tower Mustard projectPlantlife 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.

Orchard projectHerefordshire and Worcestershire Orchard Biodiversity Project

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 change.

The final report of the project is available to download here.

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 Conference paper 

Habitat InventoryWorcestershire Habitat Inventory

This ongoing project provides a complete land use and habitat inventory for the county using aerial photograph interpretation and data analysis.

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.

Ancient Tree ProjectWorcestershire 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.

Vision Mapping ProjectThe 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 HeritageTomorrow'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 Worcestershire.

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  • Environment Agency
    The public body with responsibility for protecting, improving and regulating activities having an impact on our river and wetland environments.
  • The Forestry Commission
    Delivers the forestry policies of England, Wales and Scotland, with a mission to protect and expand Britain's forests and woodlands.
  • Natural England
    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 Centre
    Exists to collect, collate, manage and disseminate information relating to the habitats and species in Worcestershire.
  • Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
    Part of a national network of nature conservation charities and works to conserve and restore wildlife and wild places across the county.
  • UK National Ecosystem Assessment
    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 prosperity.

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This page was last reviewed 12 June 2013 at 11:08.
The page is next due for review 9 December 2014.