Living Landscape projects – both Somerset Wildlife Trust and Avon Wildlife Trust have landscape scale projects to rebuild biodiversity.
Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Mendip Hills Living Landscape project is working to restore, recreate and reconnect wildlife habitats across this beautiful working landscape. We need to do this because the habitat our wildlife depends on has become fragmented leaving stranded pockets of wildlife vulnerable to changing conditions such as intensification of land management and climate change.
Avon Wildlife Trusts – Avon’s Wildflower Grasslands Project set up in 2008 began the long process of restoring wildflower grasslands. The loss of 97% of the UKs wildflower rich grasslands has had a significant impact on bee and butterfly populations.
Avon Wildlife Trust is a partner in the West of England B- lines project – B-Lines are wide strips of permanent wildflower-rich habitats that link existing wildlife areas together to create a network of habitats. The project will map out a network of potential B-Lines, support landowners and communities in creating new B-Lines, and practically restore wildflower-rich areas. Through our work in Avon, we will be contributing to a national pollinator network that will weave across the British countryside and through our towns and cities.
The Mendip Ponds Project is being undertaken by the Reptile and Amphibian Group for Somerset in partnership with the Mendip Hills AONB Unit and Somerset Wildlife Trust. The project aims to restore a network of ponds in the AONB to expand and connect a number of isolated subpopulations of crested newts. Project Proposal (PDF download 3MB)
Local Nature Partnerships – the Mendip Hills AONB is a member of the West of England Nature Partnership and Somerset Local Nature Partnership.
Somerset Local Nature Partnership (SLNP) seeks to maintain and enhance the scale and quality of the counties habitats so that they remain special into the future. It wants to make sure that everyone can enjoy nature, wherever they live and to show how supporting nature is good for business and communities.
West of England Nature Partnership seeks to effectively manage the areas natural resources and ensures they are healthy enough to provide critical services into the future, continuing to ensure that the West of England is an area in which people will want to live, work and spend time in.