A Wildlife Corridor is ‘an area of habitat connecting wildlife populations separated by human activities or structures’. It’s not a new idea, they exist all around the world and vary in size, from vast areas of wilderness to strips of land in amongst urban sprawl, but this is the first Wildlife Corridor to be identified in Brighton & Hove. It provides an extremely visible and vital divide between the two villages of Ovingdean and Rottingdean and connects the flora and fauna of the South Downs National Park with Beacon Hill Nature Reserve. This ORPS initiative, launched on 28 April, aims to safeguard the species, many endangered, which inhabit this beautiful part of the chalk Downs. They include rare birds, such as skylarks, amphibians, reptiles, butterflies and insects.   NEW!!   The flyer seeking support for the new TPO and the actual TPO itself ( Tree Preservation Order No 3 2017 Land East of Longhill Close – 21 July 2017)

 Boundary of corridor

ORPS are encouraging all residents, but especially those who live adjacent to the corridor, to do two things:

  1. Plant flowers and shrubs that attract native wildlife into the area 
  2. Report any rare or unusual wildlife to the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre 

We need your help, whether your garden is adjacent to the corridor or not

You can protect wildlife by making a few changes in your garden!

Plant flowers, shrubs and trees that attract native wildlife into the area Flowers – anything pollen or nectar producing such as Honeysuckle. Cowslips, Lavender Shrubs – Blackthorn, Spindle, Wayfaring Tree For more information go to the Sussex Wildlife Trust site

Trees – Field Maple-great for birds! Hawthorns, Beech, English Elm, Wild Cherry, Holly, Elder, Ivy, have a look at the native trees listed on the Woodland Trust website www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees
Leave a small area in your garden to grow untouched, keep it under control but wild For more information go to the RSPB site

 

Report any rare or unusual wildlife to Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre

Take photos/video footage, recording the date and time then report this information via the iRecord website: If you don’t have access to the internet please write to the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre, Woods Mill, Shoreham Rd, Henfield BN5 9SD with information on who you are, what you saw, when you saw it and a picture if possible (Who, What, Where and When) Use ispot website to help you identify wildlife.

How to create a wildlife record

This vital information will be collated by the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre and added to the UK national biodiversity network register which will contribute to protecting the precious wildlife we have in this country.

Species that are important and seen in Brighton & Hove – look out for them!

Plants –Hoary Stock/Night Scented Stock, Scabious, Campanula, White Helleborine Orchid Invertebrates –Hornet Robber fly, Dingy Skipper, Brown banded Carder Bee
Birds –Peregrine, Starling, House Martin. Mammals –Badgers, Bats, Hazel Dormouse www.tinyurl.com/BiodiversityPlanBHCC – for the complete list

Other ideas include: create a compost area, replace fences with hedgerows, build a small pond – fresh water habitats are in decline, install a bee hotel, buy a bird table, or a bat box, create fence holes for hedgehogs, encourage toads, start a wildflower meadow, the possibilities are endless!

Longhill Road Woodland Tree Preservation Order (TPO) – Brighton and Hove issued this provisional TPO stating ‘such an amenity should be preserved’ and we need your help to make it permanent. Please email arboriculture@brighton-hove.gov.uk in support of protecting this important visual amenity that is home to numerous rare wildlife by 10th May.  To see more details click here  Woodland TPO flyer – Longhill Road FINAL or email longhillcloseland@gmail.com

Help Strengthen our Wildlife Corridor – useful websites

What is a Wildlife Corridor?

A wildlife corridor, habitat corridor, or green corridor is an area of habitat connecting wildlife populations separated by human activities or structures (such as roads, development, or logging). This allows an exchange of individuals between populations, which may help prevent the negative effects of inbreeding and reduced genetic diversity (via genetic drift) that often occur within isolated populations. Corridors may also help facilitate the re-establishment of populations that have been reduced or eliminated due to random events (such as fires or disease). This may potentially moderate some of the worst effects of habitat fragmentation,wherein urbanization can split up habitat areas, causing animals to lose both their natural habitat and the ability to move between regions to use all of the resources they need to survive. Habitat fragmentation due to human development is an ever-increasing threat to biodiversity, and habitat corridors are a possible mitigation.

Useful links:

Friends of Beacon Hill

Brighton Hove Local Biodiversity Action Plan – FULL

Brighton & Hove Local Biodiversity Action Plan – Species of concern

Natural England

RSPB

Make a home for wildlife

Sussex Wildlife Trust

Discover in your garden 

Woodland Trust

Record species:
Sussex Biodiversity Data Record Centre

Record species through the IRecord website

Find out what species you’ve seen on the ispot website

Or download the app on your smartphone

Bee websites
British Beekeepers Association
Bumble Bee Conservation Trust

Brighton and Hove’s Wildlife Forum

 

How to start a Wildflower meadow. Link to this document     Wildflower meadows how to create – Natural England

How to Start a Native Wildflower Meadow [6 Easy Steps]

Badger Trust