Where the Wild Things Are
This project represents an innovative change in approach to the management of and public engagement with some of Powys’ most underappreciated wildlife spaces; Local Wildlife Sites (LWS).
From mystical ancient woodlands to quiet churchyards and bustling flower-rich roadsides; and from field-bordering hedgerows to tiny copses the UK enjoys special, often unnoticed wild places where nature thrives. Whether they are in the depths of the countryside or nestled in busy towns and cities, Local Wildlife Sites are the most important places for nature, outside of protected areas such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
Powys’ Local Wildlife Sites (LWS) are truly exceptional areas of land, vital for both wildlife and people. However, despite being part of the planning system, these sites and the services they provide to the local community (e.g. access, tourism, health and well-being) are under threat like never before.
This project aims to tackle this threat by giving the people of Powys a reason to leave their living rooms and step into a whole new world “Where the Wild Things Are…” often just round the corner or down the street.
- Overhauling the existing system by which Powys’ LWS are assessed and selected to ensure that this process is easily workable and fully embedded within the planning system into the future
- Building a legacy of supportive community ownership and engagement with LWS by providing people with volunteering opportunities which will improve their local area for the benefit of people and wildlife
- Developing and implementing LWS survey and sustainable land management methodologies suitable for landowners, farmers, and volunteers
- Supporting enhanced access to existing and future LWS to ensure maximum health and well-being gains for local people
- ‘Valuing’ the role that the LWS network plays in the health and well-being of our social and ecological communities
Where the Wild Things Are project update
This three year project is coming to end in March 2020. All the surveys are now complete and the new Powys LWS selection criteria has been written. We are now busy pulling together all the hard work, writing reports, liaising with partners, providing feedback to owners and planning the next LWS project. Here are a few project outputs in numbers:
- 200 existing or potential new LWS have been surveyed
- 69 individual volunteers have donated over 1,100 hours of their time, helping with surveys, running events, research & data entry
- 3 networks have been established, including two new landowner groups
The photo library below includes a small selection of the images taken during the project.