Wildlife Sites Project
County Wildlife Sites are areas of land of recognised importance for wildlife, which fall outside the legal protection of the Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) system. To date the project has identified around 1500 such sites, with a total area comparable to that of the SSSI’s in Wiltshire. These form a vital network of threatened habitats such as ancient woodlands, hay meadows, wetlands and chalk grasslands, providing space for many of the county’s declining animal and plant species.
The Wildlife Sites Project aims to:
- Identify all the important sites for wildlife in the county and survey each of them every few years.
- Develop a working relationship with the owners and managers of all Wildlife Sites, providing information about the importance of their sites for wildlife.
- Encourage management that will conserve and enhance the value of sites for wildlife and offer advice and assistance with obtaining grant-aid for such management.
- Work alongside other bodies to attempt to halt the decline in wildlife habitats and to enhance wild spaces in the wider countryside.
Through all these activities, the project supports the Biodiversity Action Plan process, by collecting data on the distribution, condition and management of BAP priority habitat & species.
If you would like more information on the Wildlife Sites project please contact the Project Officer Rob Large.
The Wildlife Sites Project works closely with the following Wiltshire Wildlife Trust biodiversity projects to secure the future for wildlife in Wiltshire:
Landscapes for Wildlife
Water for Wildlife
Wessex Chalk Streams