Protecting Wildlife on your doorstep
For almost 50 years, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has been working to protect the county’s wildlife and wild places. By caring for nature reserves, campaigning to save sites from development and inspiring young people about the wonders of the natural world, we can safeguard the wildlife on your doorstep. Our network of over 70 nature reserves in Nottinghamshire means that everyone in the county has the opportunity to experience wildlife at close quarters.
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About wildlife on your doorstep
Wildlife On Your Doorstep helps us support wildlife through working with individuals, community groups, churches, schools and parish and district councils and brings together a number of elements of our partnership work under one banner. We wanted to build upon the success of Mini Meadows and help develop our grasslands message across a number of new audiences.
For several years the Wildlife Trust has operated its Blue Butterfly scheme which works with local authorities and large landowners to create new areas of meadow grassland. Badged as “Grasslands For Wildlife” there are now over 50 sites across the county.
At the same time the Trust has also delivered a wide and varied education programme that has included work on developing wildlife gardens in school grounds and towards the end of 2011 the Trust launched its “Churchyards for Wildlife” scheme which aims at encouraging more churches to create space for wildlife.
Wildlife on your Doorstep has four key categories:
Grassland for Wildlife This scheme is aimed at Local Authorities, Parish Councils, private landowners or farmers and corporate organisations with large areas of potential grassland. We will create an accredited scheme where organisations have a site review every two years to ensure that the area is still being maintained correctly in order to keep their Blue Butterfly award status.
Gardens for Wildlife Our target is individuals, community groups and corporates with small areas of green space. We’ll also include a few of our own sites as demonstration models – Faith Marriott, Little Holly Corner, Woodthorpe Meadow. Building on the Mini Meadow seed offer, we’ll also be providing information sheets and activities on wildlife gardening. We are planning to launch a Wildlife Gardening Survey, and also link with other local projects such as Ecoworks.
Church Yards for Wildlife This includes churches which have cemeteries or green spaces. A package of advice and support has been developed, which churches can buy into to help them establish and maintain their site. Each location will receive a plaque to display, plus information sheets for parishioners and visitors.
School Grounds for Wildlife This is aimed at schools with green space or wildlife gardens, and will be combined with a schools membership package, which is currently being developed and includes access to resource materials.