Derbyshire - Restoring Grassland Biodiversity

Derbyshire is located in the English region with the lowest biodiversity nationally, and has lost around 90% of its semi-natural grassland since 1983. This has had a devastating effect on many species that were once locally abundant such as the brown hare.
Protecting remaining areas of semi-natural grassland is therefore a conservation priority so the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust (DWT) decided to develop this Grassland Biodiversity Project and apply to WREN for additional funding. This funding has enabled DWT to undertake habitat management work on strategic grassland sites across Derbyshire to maximise biodiversity in line with local and national BAP priorities. DWT's Reserve Team has worked across 17 sites to undertake restoration work through traditional grassland management techniques.

A major element of this project was to establish grazing regimes in partnership with the local community, which will hopefully help to increase the number and diversity of animals grazing the reserves. A good access infrastructure has also been developed to encourage and facilitate people to make use of the valuable, natural resources.

Another key aim of this project was to raise awareness of the importance of grasslands for biodiversity and encourage local involvement in its restoration. DWT education staff have also worked with some of the local schools to raise children's awareness of the importance of biodiversity. DWT has also been able to raise wide awareness through the production of promotional material on grasslands, and by running guided walks on grassland nature reserves.
The WREN grant enabled such things as access improvements to take place, the provision of promotional material and interpretation signs and weed killing.

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Jun 01, 2004
Jul 01, 2005
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