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Chris talbot biodiversity project manager warwickshire habitat biodiversity audit

Developing Nature Improvement Areas in Warwickshire – bigger, better and connectedLocal Wildlife Sites and Connectivity Mapping

Chris Talbot

Biodiversity Project Manager

Warwickshire Habitat Biodiversity Audit


Local wildlife sites

Local Wildlife Sites

  • Areas carefully identified and selected for their special wildlife habitats - ‘County importance’

  • The best natural places in everyone’s neighbourhood – ‘Local’

  • Form a network of our most valuable urban and rural areas for the natural environment

  • Complementary to statutory designations such as SSSIs and LNRs

  • Afforded protection through the planning system

    (but non-statutory)

  • Perform a crucial role in protecting our natural environment


Statutory wildlife sites in warwickshire

Statutory wildlife sites in Warwickshire

  • 13 Local Nature Reserves (LNR’s)

  • 57 SSSI’s

  • 1 Special Area of Conservation (SAC) - Ensor’s Pool

    Collectively cover 0.7% Warwickshire sub-region

    National figure is 6.8%

    Local Wildlife Sites cover 2.71% Warwickshire sub-region


Warwickshire local wildlife sites project

Warwickshire Local Wildlife Sites project

  • Guidance for Non-Statutory Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs) in Warwickshire - May 1998

  • formalised into the Local Wildlife Sites Project (LWSP) as part of the HBA in 2000

  • range in size from less than 1 hectare to over 120 hectares

  • cover 13 wildlife habitat types from canals to woodland and scrub

  • include churchyards, road verges, ponds, meadows, disused railway lines, orchards, rivers, quarries etc..

  • occur on publicly and privately owned land, urban and rural

  • Incorporated into the LBAP habitat plans


Proportion of local sites in positive conservation management defra 2012

Proportion of Local Sites in positive conservation management – defra2012


Tame valley local wildlife sites

Tame Valley Local Wildlife Sites


Chris talbot biodiversity project manager warwickshire habitat biodiversity audit

CoombeAbbey Local Wildlife Site SP37Z2

  • Designated 21/09/2010

  • Area 51.45 ha

  • Habitats:

    • Wet woodlands

    • Dry woodlands

    • Acid grasslands

    • Neutral grassland

    • Open water

  • Rare Flora

    • Sanicle

    • Large Bittercress

    • Hard shield-fern

    • Narrow Buckler-fern

    • Black Poplar

  • Rare Fauna

    • Spotted Flycatcher

    • Marsh Tit

    • Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

    • Beeflies

    • Nomad Bees


Chris talbot biodiversity project manager warwickshire habitat biodiversity audit

Grange Farm Moat Meadows LWS

Dordon Spoil Heap LWS

Wappenbury Wood LWS


Chris talbot biodiversity project manager warwickshire habitat biodiversity audit

Habitat

Biodiversity

Audit

  • Warwickshire’s habitat

  • Connectivity mapping

  • Joint project WBRC, York University and HBA - 2011

  • Woodlands

  • Hedgerows

  • Grasslands

  • Wetlands


Connectivity modelling

Connectivity modelling

  • Designed for highly fragmented habitats

  • Applied to different types of habitat e.g. woodlands, grasslands, wetlands.

  • Key components of the model are the quality, size, shape and type of patch (habitat)

  • Requires GIS mapping to extract habitat data and interpret results

  • LWS information and Phase 1 habitat mapping is ideally suited to applying the model because of the detail and quality of the data


Applying connectivity

Applying connectivity

Identifying strategic areas for wildlife – forward planning

  • Incorporating connectivity into local plans – Lawton report recommendations

  • Delivering Living Landscapes initiatives through habitat connectivity

  • Individual species connectivity e.g. bats, butterflies, dormice, water voles etc.


The lawton report

The LawtonReport

  • Bigger

  • Better

  • Connected

  • Put the

  • Right Habitat

  • in the

  • Right Place

Making Space for Nature: a review of England’s wildlife sites and ecological networks: defra 2010


Incorporating connectivity mapping into local plans

Incorporating connectivity mapping into local plans

  • Stratford-on-Avon District Council- Ecological Study of Local Service Villages July 2012

  • Warwick District Council - Landscape Sensitivity and Ecological & Geological Study November 2013

  • Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council – Ecology and Geodiversity Assessment April 2014


Delivering living landscapes initiatives princethorpe project

Delivering living landscapes initiativesPrincethorpe project

Conservation measures

  • hedgerow gap reduction and hedge row creation

  • tree plantation - infilling


Species connectivity barbastelle bat study whichford wood

Species connectivity: Barbastelle bat study Whichford Wood

Conservation measures

retention and management of key woodlands, flight-lines and foraging areas

hedgerow creation - connectivity

small linear woods

field margins

wet meadows


Conclusions

Conclusions

  • Local wildlife sites make a valuable contribution to wildlife conservation in Warwickshire

  • They do require protection where ever possible

  • Difficult to determine their condition and continuing management for wildlife

  • Good habitat data and connectivity mapping is the basis for delivering living landscapes

  • LWS are the building blocks for living landscapes

  • More research opportunities and applications in applying connectivity


Thank you

Thank you


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