Our detailed assessment of the fields on the Broughton Hall Estate found that all but two were unsuitable for nesting upland birds. On this basis we recommended that the need for bird surveys across all sites be reconsidered, and that tree planting proposals be supported for all sites, other than the two fields in question (where further bird surveys will need to be completed).
Tree planting marks the beginning of Broughton Hall Estate’s ambitious nature recovery programme. Over the coming years this will see around 400 hectares transformed to a much wilder state, increasing biodiversity and wildlife.
The UK uplands, while perhaps not the highest and most mountainous regions, are nonetheless important habitats for many wildlife species. Within the UK there is a current drive to increase native woodland cover, to deliver climate change mitigation and adaptation and other environmental and socio-economic benefits. With much of this new woodland likely to be created on lower quality agricultural land, increases in marginal upland areas are anticipated. It is important to determine the value of this habitat for priority upland birds, such as the curlew and lapwing, as well as other bird species such as the redshank, oystercatcher, red grouse and hen harrier. Upland farms, and the way that they are managed, are critical to the future of many UK wader species, many of which are in decline.
“The knowledge and expertise of Ecosulis was invaluable in conducting the necessary site assessments. Their assistance has helped us to move forward with our nature recovery programme, with this season’s tree planting now looking more possible. We would absolutely recommend their professional, knowledgeable and friendly service to anyone who wants to embark on a nature recovery journey.”
Kelly Hollick, Broughton Hall Estate
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