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Monday, 10 December 2012

NFNPA Working with local communities to increase wildlife

Angela Peters
A one year pilot project to encourage local communities to identify wildlife habitats such as grassland, hedgerows, ponds, rivers and woodland is now looking for volunteers.

The project will focus on the areas of Godshill, Hordle, Landford, Marchwood, Milford on Sea, New Milton and Wellow to develop community wildlife plans.

The New Forest National Park Authority will work with these local groups to encourage greater involvement in recording, mapping and conserving wildlife.

Angela Peters, who previously worked at the National Trust in Dorset, has just taken up the position of Community Wildlife Plans Project Officer at the National Park Authority: ‘This is such a great project to be involved in,’ she said. ‘I’m looking forward to working with local community and volunteer groups and to provide training to increase people’s skills and confidence in surveying plants and animals.

‘When we have this new information I will be working with these groups to investigate how to improve their green spaces for wildlife.’

Keith Metcalf, Parish Clerk at Milford on Sea Parish Council, said: ‘We are looking forward to working closely with Angela. There is a wealth of wildlife on our doorstep and it is a great opportunity for local people to work together to increase green spaces where they live and to encourage youngsters to become the custodians of our local wildlife heritage.’

Angela is looking for people with an interest in animals, flowers, birds, bats or bees to become ‘wildlife champions’.

There is also an opportunity for map work, data collection and getting involved with community events, walks, talks and practical conservation work.

For more information about this project or to find out how get involved visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/wildlife-plans.

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