North East Hampshire Grazing For Wildlife Project

North East Hampshire Grazing For Wildlife Project - Hampshire and Isle of Wight North East Hampshire Grazing For Wildlife Project - Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

aiming to reintroduce grazing livestock on to a huge area

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

This exciting project, run in partnership with the Ministry of Defence, aims to reintroduce grazing livestock on to a huge area of heathland and grassland in north and east Hampshire.

Grazing is a traditional form of landscape management with multiple benefits and is being reinstated here in order to help reverse habitat loss and degradation. We are involving local people to help us look after the sites and promote a better understanding of the wildlife and landscape.

The scheme aims to recreate a landscape that is:

  • Open and varied;
  • Great for wildlife;
  • Important to local people;
  • Linked with local farming;
  • Reminding people of their heritage.

 

What’s happening?

So far the scheme has achieved:

  •  Conservation grazing on 870 hectares of SSSI heathland
  •  Large amounts of scrub management
  •  Habitat survey and monitoring work

Start date: June 2006

Scheme area: 3,287 hectares

This scheme is helping species including...

Woodlark, natterjack toad, smooth snake, nightjar, dartford warbler and marsh gentian.

Current threats to the landscape

Housing development: Deposition of nitrogen pollution has a large impact on the heathlands of Hampshire. This impact is being lessened as much as possible by grazing and vegetation management.

Partners

Ministry of Defence

To find out more

Email: feedback@hiwwt.org.uk | Tel: 01489 774400 | North East Hampshire Grazing For Wildlife Project

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