Community wildlife plans

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The Community Wildlife Plans Project encouraged local communities to record, map and conserve wildlife in their local area between October 2012 and November 2015.

The project worked in New Milton, Milford-on-Sea, Hordle, Godshill, Marchwood, Wellow, Lymington and Pennington, and Landford. It was run by the New Forest Land Advice Service.

Wildlife surveying and habitat mapping workshops have enabled members of the local community to learn new skills and get out and survey their local green spaces, and find out more about the wildlife on their doorstep.

Groups of enthusiastic local wildlife champions have pulled together to write Community Wildlife Plans for their own parish. These documents bring together existing knowledge about habitats and species and look at the opportunities for improving wildlife habitats locally.

This has enabled local community groups to:

  • collate existing biological data, bringing together what we already know about the wildlife of each area
  • collect new data, with help from a range of community groups from all ages, experience and backgrounds
  • discuss the opportunities for improving green spaces for wildlife and creating more ‘wildlife corridors’ which link important habitats and allow wildlife to flourish
  • compile a Community Wildlife Plan, summarising the wildlife resource and the plans for maintenance and enhancement for wildlife and enabling communities to deliver further practical conservation work.

In some areas, new Community groups have formed to take forward this work, armed with the skills learnt through the project.

Landowning Town and Parish Councils have been supported in the management of their green spaces for wildlife and people.

For information about what the different groups have been up to see project updates.

Look at the profiles of two of the wildlife champion opposite to find out why people volunteer their time to survey and conserve wildlife in their local area.

For a list of volunteering opportunities in your local area see

  1. Community wildlife plans (you are here)
  2. Get involved
  3. Project updates
  4. Wildlife Champion: John Martin
  5. Wildlife Champion: Keith Metcalf
  6. Project Funders


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