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

Use of the BQC will enable accurate evaluation of restoration work and improved decision making going forwards.

Protect Habitats

A range of habitats restored for the benefit of both people and wild nature.

empower-us-to-act People

Enhanced green spaces and wildlife for people to connect with and derive benefit from.

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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