Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Wiltshires Wildlife Areas among best protected in the country

Wiltshire's wildlife areas are among the best protected in the country according to latest Government figures.

Wiltshire Council's long term commitment to helping its wildlife flourish has earned the council third place among similar sized councils in a Government league table of most protected wildlife sites in Britian.
The sites do not receive any legal protection from damage and their future is dependent upon the careful stewardship of Wiltshire’s farmers and land managers.
The Wildlife Sites Project, jointly funded by Wiltshire and Swindon councils and delivered by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, helps with support and guidance.

Toby Sturgis, cabinet member for the environment, said: "The English countryside today is very different to 100 years ago and we have taken our role as custodian of the countryside extremely seriously.

"We have worked with landowners and agencies to ensure woodland, wildflower meadows and wetlands, which are vital to maintaining the nation's rare and declining species, are given a place to thrive."

The full report and more information can be found on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) website