Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

West Berkshire Living Landscape Project

Once famous for protests, today, Greenham Common is the largest area of heathland left in Berkshire and has become part of an ambitious conservation project: the West Berkshire Living Landscape. The project's vision is to expand the range of natural spaces in an area covering 26km2 for the benefit of both wildlife and people.

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There are few places in South-East England that contain the diversity of threatened wildlife habitats and species that occur within the West Berkshire Living Landscape Project area. But these habitats and the wildlife that lives in them are becoming increasingly fragmented and vulnerable, particularly through the pressures of development. Radiating out from the heathland of Greenham Common, the Living Landscape project will be working across the landscape, right up to the edge of Newbury and Thatcham. The aim is to create enough space and the right conditions so that scarce species will rise once again to the numbers that give them a chance to cope with change and adversity. This is a wonderful place for people to get close to nature and the project will inspire and engage people through a wide range of activities and subjects, such as geology, archaeology and history; through art, leisure, sport and education. The activities that funding will pay for, include: * Staff and local volunteers to run the project and to carry out practical tasks * Wardens to help increase the success rate of ground-nesting birds * Staff, volunteers and equipment to record, map and monitor habitats and species, as well as human visitors * Staff to advise on conservation to local landowners and farmers * Materials to provide Information and organise events including audio-guided walks, family days, way markers, signs explaining the landscape and web information * Purchase of quality wildlife habitat that come up for sale The Trust is already working closely with local partners, including West Berkshire Council, to deliver this project. We would be pleased to arrange visits to the project site or send further information about this exciting initiative. Scale of funding required: c£1.3m over 5 years.