Wildlife Forum helps experts stay connected

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Published Tuesday 18 February 2014

Wildlife specialists from the New Forest and surrounding areas looked at ways of making Forest habitats bigger, better and more joined up at a recent event.

The New Forest Wildlife Forum saw representatives from local wildlife organisations discussing their on-going work to help improve the extent and quality of local habitats and provide habitat links to the area surrounding the National Park. 

Over 70 people attended the one day event in Lyndhurst, which featured 10 speakers, including:

•    Georgianna Watson, New Forest Land Advice Service, on woodland management
•    Laura Baker, National Trust, on the restoration of Foxbury plantation
•    Dr Naomi Ewald, Freshwater Habitats Trust, on improving the New Forest’s ponds and streams
•    Dr Manuel Hinge, New Forest Woodcock Group, on the group’s ground-breaking bird study

Julie Melin-Stubbs, Wildlife and Conservation Team Manager at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘The aim of this event was to bring many of the people involved in wildlife conservation in the New Forest together to talk about the projects they are running.

‘Through the presentations and informal discussions at the forum we were able to find out where there might be overlaps in our work and therefore opportunities to work more closely together to protect and improve habitats in and around the National Park.’

Alison Barnes, New Forest National Park Authority Chief Executive, said: ‘There are so many people in the New Forest doing such important conservation work, from scientific studies to volunteers and communities recording wildlife on their doorstep. There is a real need to bring all these people together so that we can be more than the sum of our parts and the wildlife forum has been a great first step towards this.’

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For a video of the New Forest Wildlife Forum 2014 that can be embedded into your own website visit www.youtube.com/newforestnpa.

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About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper


The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

• Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect.
• Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

• Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.

Media Contacts:
Hilary Makin, Communications Manager, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646608
Email: hilary.makin@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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