Protecting Local Wildlife Sites in Powys
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.
From mystical ancient woodlands to quiet churchyards; from field-bordering hedgerows to tiny copses and bustling flower-rich roadsides; 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 (SSSI's).
Giving Powys wildlife a chance
The Where the Wild Things are project has now finished, but this is not the end of the road for Powys' Local Wildlife Sites (LWS); actually it is just the beginning!
This project has generated a great new momentum around LWS and we are already seeking funding to build on this. With new selection criteria in place, we will be seeking to select more sites, providing a much clearer picture of the quality of the countryside in Powys. We also want to work with many more people, to help each other to create a resilient ecological network across this wonderful part of Mid Wales, finally reversing the past declines in nature and improving the well-being of everyone.
What are Wildlife Sites and why do they matter?
Most farms and country properties have areas which are appreciated for their wildlife interest; a field where lapwings nest and raise their young, or a hedge bank full of flowers and butterflies in the summer. Even sites near urban areas can be important, as they provide wildlife corridors into towns.
Areas where wildlife thrives are very important and wildlife trusts across Wales are identifying these special areas as Wildlife Sites. These are the most important places for nature, outside of protected areas such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
Where the Wild Things are Project Report
The Where the Wild Things are project was funded by:
New Criteria for Powys completed
One of the project aims was to overhaul the existing system of how Local Wildlife Sites were assessed and selected in Powys, with the purpose of ensuring this process is easily workable and fully embedded within the Powys planning system in the future.