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Connecting wildlife habitats through the Stepping Stones Project

Connecting wildlife habitats through the Stepping Stones Project

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Join Stepping Stones Project Officer Charlie Bell for an insightful evening into the work of the project, plus information about the various inspiring local groups that are supported by the project resources in order to make a difference in the area.

The Stepping Stones programme takes an innovative, landscape-scale approach to conservation. The aim is to connect wildlife habitats by strengthening or creating ‘stepping stones’ and corridors of habitat between the two core sites of Long Mynd and the Stiperstones and beyond. In practice, this means linking areas of heathland, flower-rich grasslands and broadleaved woodland by a network of wildlife-rich hedgerows, road verges, hillsides and streamside wetlands

Stepping Stones has been developed with a range of partners including the NFU, CLA, Natural England, DEFRA, Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership, Shropshire Wildlife Trust and Middle Marches Community Land Trust. Most importantly in this agricultural landscape we have the support of a reference group of local farmers who are highly engaged with the project.

The programme is also exploring ways to support and build upon the good work of established local community groups such as the Marches Meadow Group, Restoring Shropshire’s Verges, Caring for God’s Acre and four local community wildlife groups. These local community and volunteer-based groups are undertaking environmental work that enhances the quality, quantity and connectedness of wildlife habitats within the Shropshire Hills.

Join Stepping Stones Project Officer Charlie Bell for an insightful evening into the work of the project, plus information about the various inspiring local groups that are supported by the project resources in order to make a difference in the area.

The talk will begin at 7.30pm and last for approximately 1 hour with Q&A.

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