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  • Marlborough Downs Space for Nature

    Marlborough Downs Space for Nature formed in 2011 when a group of farmers successfully bid for funding for a project to work together to improve nature conservation in the countryside on a big scale - making their own decisions on what they wanted to do on their land to support wildlife and the landscape. Since then, some incredible initiatives have been put in place. One priority was to create a necklace of new and restored dew ponds across the Downs - re-watering what had become an essentially arid landscape. Increasing the tree sparrow population - from single figures to over 300 on one farm - has been particularly successful and nationally recognised. Farmers from 29 farms provide year-round food and shelter for birds, planting up seed mixes for birds to eat over winter, providing suitable habitats, and installing nestboxes. Wildflower corridors have been created, and habitats managed for invertebrates and small mammals also support birds of prey and owls. A key part of the project is to involve the wider community and reconnect people with their local landscape. Events and workshops are held regularly and are extremely popular. In addition, tracks have been upgraded to improve disabled access. ‘We’ve created a template for farmers to work together which is now being used across England. Most of our work is done on a voluntary basis, and we hope to engage many more people in our projects. Next up is working together to provide food and habitats for bees and other pollinators.’ ...»

  • Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

    Wiltshire Wildlife Trust has existed since the 60s with the aim of reconnecting people with their local wildlife and landscape. There are 37 reserves throughout the county which people can visit to just enjoy and experience nature, or attend one of the many family-friendly events. ‘The chalk downland of Wiltshire is an extremely rare ecosystem that supports a wide variety of wildlife. Projects include creating meadows to increase the wild flower population, which in turn supports other wildlife, and restoring rivers and waterways to help alleviate floods. At places like Langford Lakes focus is on aquatic creatures and water birds while some schemes look to improve woodland areas. We also have a team concentrating on waste reduction and recycling.’ Events include nature spotting and craft for children, introduction to wildlife skills and evening talks are regularly held around the county. Extremely popular is ‘Country comes to town’ held annually in Devizes where people can experience wildlife & nature first hand. A care farm helps people with learning difficulties, mental health and getting back into the workplace. ‘We rely heavily on our 2000 volunteers and our membership scheme which gives locals access to member events and reserve guides. Everything is so hectic in the modern age and there’s a huge reliance on technology. We hope to encourage people to take a step back, switch off and reconnect with nature. We want people to feel pride in their county.’ ...»