Although this project was not directly funded during the year we have, through numerous donations from charitable trusts, been able to continue biodiversity work in the area through regular volunteer work days and maintain some momentum.  Partnerships with farmers and landowners have continued and we have undertaken work on hedgerows and ponds, working towards our long-term goal of more and better wildlife corridors across the Severn Vale.

 

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We continue to be a member of the Gloucestershire Biodiversity Partnership.  Through recording and reporting survey results and habitat improvements, we make a measurable contribution to the Gloucestershire Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP).  This, in turn contributes to the South West BAP and ultimately the UK BAP.  As always, SVP works at a local level, and supports parishes in finding ways of contributing to the national plan.  In early 2009, we were appointed lead partner for hedgerows within the Gloucestershire Partnership, in recognition of the work we have undertaken in the past on planting and restoring hedgerows.  This position has been further underpinned by the funding awarded to SVP by DEFRA for work on hedgerow surveying.  Again based in the Severn Vale, this survey work planned for the summer of 2009 will contribute to DEFRA’s national hedgerow survey project.

 

 

 

 

No newts is bad newtsThrough the Gloucestershire Biodiversity Partnership’s “No Newts is Bad Newts” project, SVP was contracted to establish the extent of Great Crested Newts in Eastington parish.  Nine ponds were surveyed during June 2008 with the threatened newt being identified in two of the ponds surveyed.  Having identified the existence of the newts, pond restoration works were carried out by SVP to allow in more light and create more open water thereby improving the habitat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hawkwood College approached SVP for assistance with managing their beech woodland, an important Cotswold escarpment habitat.  Volunteers learned about managing woodland and techniques for felling smaller trees as well as creating habitats for insects and small mammals through stacking habitat wood piles.

Stroud Valleys Project is a limited company,
registered in England and Wales.    

Registered number: 2224016    

Registered charity number: 900107

Stroud Valleys Project,
8 Threadneedle Street,
Stroud,
Gloucestershire,
GL5 1AF

Tel: 01453 753358

Fax: 01453 755641

Email: info@stroudvalleysproject.org

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