Wildlife Sites Information for Landowners
As owners and managers of land containing wildlife sites, you are stewards of this important biodiversity resource. This page gives guidance on how you can care for and enhance these sites, as well as what support is available for you.
Owners of Local Wildlife Sites receive annual newsletters; back issues of which are available.
The Wildlife Trust and the RNRP Land Advisor are able to provide detailed advice on habitat management and sources of funding for conservation work. Some of this advice is summarised here.
Species Rich Meadows
Implement a suitable grazing regime;
Avoid applying fertiliser, pesticide or other chemicals to the land;
Prevent scrub such as brambles and hawthorn from swamping the site.
Trees and Woodland
- Reinstate traditional management practices such as coppicing and pollarding;
- Ensure a varied age structure among the trees by planting new saplings and retaining over-mature individuals;
- Control grazing damage by deer, rabbits, grey squirrels and other browsing animals.
- Prevent drying out caused by water abstraction and land drainage;
- Prevent scrub encroachment;
- Monitor water quality and identify sources of pollution.
- Do not allow hedgerows to be removed;
- Trim every other year at most, during winter;
- Maintain the hedge height above two metres to prevent predation of bird nests;
- Promote the growth of trees within the hedgerow.