Gloucester Wildlife Trust – Wild Towns Project

Overview

Supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Wild Towns project will create, connect and enhance green spaces in seven towns across Gloucestershire, boosting biodiversity and reconnecting people with wild nature. Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust are leading the work, in collaboration with Severn Trent Water, Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group South West, and Severn Rivers Trust. In each of the highly contested urban project locations, the project will deliver improved ecological networks, enhanced green infrastructure and nature-based solutions to water management. These outcomes will be delivered through the creation of biodiverse grasslands, woodland management, removal of barriers in waterways, the creation of refuges for key species, and the creation of pond networks.

Project brief

The Ecosulis habitats team was commissioned to carry out a diverse range of habitat restoration tasks for the Wild Towns project, including everything from riverbank enhancement and town centre greening to the installation of wildlife boxes and meadow enhancement. For added value, the biodiversity team carried out monitoring work to evaluate the changes resulting from the restoration.

YEAR

2019

SOLUTION RESULTS

manage Biodiversity

The nature recovery report suggested a wide range of site-specific measures that could be taken by Bradford on Avon’s stakeholders to enhance biodiversity – from the installation of bird and bat boxes to the elimination of pesticides and a reduction in grazing pressure.

Protect Habitats

Bradford on Avon contains a range of habitats – from the River Avon and riverside areas through to ancient woodland and agricultural land. Proposed measures in the nature recovery report would enhance these areas for the benefit of both people and wildlife.

empower-us-to-act People

Recovering nature in and around Bradford on Avon would benefit the town’s residents and visitors in a variety of ways, from improved health and wellbeing to enhanced opportunities for recreation and business.

How we added value.

Habitat restoration

The habitats team carried out a range of work across Wild Towns sites, including wildflower meadow re-seeding and enhancement, scrub management, woodland thinning, tree planting, woodland wildflower seeding, orchard restoration, the installation of barn own and bat boxes, and pond restoration.

Biodiversity monitoring

The biodiversity department are using the proprietary BQC tool from Ecosulis to monitor changes in biodiversity following restoration. This will help with future decision making regarding land management and enable an accurate cost-benefit analysis of the restoration work to be conducted.  

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