Thanks to a £22,000 grant from The Wildlife Trusts and AI Partnership Fund, the Mendip Woodlands and Wildflowers project will help provide better connected, high quality habitats for wildlife on SWT reserves and AI-owned land. As a part of this, local people and AI staff will be invited to volunteer, helping to clear scrub, restore calcareous grasslands, and plant trees on species-poor grassland. These trees will, in time, develop into a woodland, supporting nature and acting as part of a natural solution to climate change.
The project will focus on enhancing calcareous grassland habitat at Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Cheddar Wood Nature Reserve in West Mendip; and creating and enhancing woodland in East Mendip, including Norwood Local Wildlife Site, Monk Wood Local Wildlife Site and land adjacent to AI’s Torr Quarry. This project will also fund information boards at Norwood Fields Local Wildlife Site, Shute Tip and the reservoir close to East Cranmore, to engage and inform people about the amazing wildlife habitats in their areas.