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  • Wildlife and conservation

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    We have extensively surveyed our key conservation sites over the last four years resulting in a change to their management.

    The benefits of this work to wildlife and communities include:

    • implementation of Higher Level Stewardship (agri-environment agreements) at land surrounding Sutton Bingham reservoir resulting in improvements to our hay meadows and woodlands
    • improvements to the nature trail at Clatworthy reservoir
    • new visitor information highlighting the wildlife visitors may see at our major reservoirs
    • two new pedestrian bridges at Sutton Poyntz to protect our Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and provide safe access for the public into our woodland
    • improved management of SSSI heathland at Nutscale reservoir, agreed with Natural England, and a new bridge to facilitate access for this conservation work
    • work at a significant scale to remove invasive non-native plants from our land.

    Our management of nearly 300 hectactres of land designated as SSSIs ensured that the condition of these vital habitats exceeded government targets: 99.5% of our SSSIs were assessed as being in a favourable or unfavourable but recovering status.

    Our conservation, access and recreation (CAR) work helps us meet our goals of conserving and enhancing our land to ensure there is no net loss of biodiversity, while also improving the experience for visitors to our sites.  Our report (available under related downloads, right) summarises some of the progress we have made towards meeting our long-term conservation, access and recreation goals during 2015-16.

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