We train local people to carry out monitoring and recording activities. This work enables us to monitor wildlife trends and diversity to assess the success of our habitat management, so that we can adapt our practices accordingly and ultimately contribute to national data banks.
Communities and Volunteers
Volunteers protect wildlife and wild spaces by helping us to carry out practical conservation work at our nature reserves, monitoring species populations and raising awareness and funds for our work.
Across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, the Wildlife Trust is working in partnership with local companies to safeguard local wildlife and reconnect people with the environment.
Whether through funding, gift in kind or employee volunteering, there’s a number of ways in which your company could help a local project. Here are just a few of the projects that our corporate supporters are helping to fund. To find out how you can get involved with your local project please contact a member of our Corporate team.
Lakes, rivers and fens...
…play a pivotal role in helping wetland wildlife to survive – and thrive. They provide a safe refuge to wintering birds and, of course, they are perfect for other wildlife too, such as otters, damselflies and Daubenton’s bats.
We protect wetland wildlife at places such as the Great Fen and in the Nene Valley by maintaining and restoring a diverse mosaic of habitats through grazing, cutting, coppicing and removing scrub.We manage essential ditches, fences and natural screens such as hedgerows to prevent disturbance to birds and other wildlife.
Grasslands and heaths…
…are vital habitats that support a wide variety of wildlife including some
of our most iconic native species.
We protect wildlife in grassland at places such as the North Chilterns and the Great Ouse Valley by maintaining the habitats through hay-cutting at the right time, careful grazing with traditional breeds of cattle, and scrub clearance. We also work closely with farmers and landowners to promote wildlife-friendly practices in these areas
..are home to distinctive plant and animal communities including
songbirds, fungi, wildflowers and small mammals.
We protect woodland wildlife at places such as the ancient Gamlingay Wood in Cambridgeshire and the wet woodland at Flitwick Moor in Bedfordshire. We use traditional techniques such as coppicing to let light through to the woodland floor, enabling wildflowers to thrive which support insects, providing food for birds and mammals.