As part of our ambitious rewilding programme, we’re boosting local biodiversity by allowing some areas of our grassland to grow longer before being cut, providing valuable new habitats for wildlife.
Last year, we teamed up with Avon Wildlife Trust to launch our rewilding champions project, where local residents get involved in assessing the impact these changes are having.
The project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, enables local residents to get involved in assessing the impact these changes are having, providing them with training and valuable new skills, as well as encouraging them to love their local spaces.
Results from last year were encouraging, despite only having a small window for monitoring towards the end of the summer.
Volunteers found a marked difference in the abundance of plant and insect species between areas of longer grass and those regularly mown. In some areas more than five times the number of species were recorded.
This year, again with the help of volunteers, we hope to see even more success.
Volunteers will get training in species identification and survey techniques, looking at all sorts of species from bees and butterflies to bats and buttercups.
Sessions are open to everyone and will take place across Clevedon, Nailsea, Portishead and Weston-super-Mare.
Find out more on the Avon Wildlife Trust website.