YDMT

Activities

This project aims to identify a minimum of 3 threatened hay meadow species; propagate & bolster species numbers in their historic locations through plug planting.

Working with LERN and Lancashire Botany Group on historic records of floral species, and previously identified declining species; 5 suitable species were identified: Globe flower, melancholy thistle, bird's eye primrose, saw wort and dyers' greenweed. These are species with a sustainable source for seed collection within the Forest of Bowland. 

The seed has been propagated by volunteers with a view to planting plug plants out by September 2019.

1st November 2018

This project aims to identify a minimum of 3 threatened hay meadow species; collect & propagate seed to bolster species numbers in their historic locations through plug planting.

Working with LERN and Lancashire Botany Group on historic records of floral species, and previously identified declining species; 5 potential species were identified: globe flower, melancholy thistle, bird's eye primrose, saw wort, and dyers' greenweed.  

The seed has been collected and propagated by volunteers with a view to planting plug plants out by September 2019.

1st November 2018

The AONB worked jointly with Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust to develop a bid to Lancashire Environmental Fund called Bowland Haytime Rescue, which continues the hay meadow restoration work established back in 2012.  This project focuses on collecting seed and propagating late-flowering species by volunteers to be planted out at selected meadows, alongside continuation field-scale hay meadow restoration.  A new project officer, Carol Edmondson, was recruited by YDMT (working in the AONB office) to deliver the project over 14 months to October 2019.

By April 2019 seed of 5 scarce hay meadow species were collected and propagated, with seed added to the collection at Kew Millennium seed bank, Wakehurst, and further plug plants being produced by Kew from seed collected in Bowland. These plug plants will be planted in appropriate hay meadows and roadside verges for enhancement

1st November 2018

 W4M is a 12 month project funded by Lancashire Environmental Fund in which 6 community groups are being supported with funding, training and on-site support to become proficient in the production of plug plants for the meadow sites they are looking forward. The project is also producing 4 instructional films as a legacy product to ensure that training material can be accessed into the future. The groups supported are: Lancaster Beekeepers Community Pollinator Patch Group; Slaidburn Guides; St James' school, Clitheroe; Friends of Spring Wood; Friends of Beacon Fell; Chipping in Bloom.

12th October 2016

This project helped community groups learn how to grow their own late flowering meadow species plug plants, which they then planted out into their chosen meadows. The groups involved were Chipping in Bloom (Chipping Community Garden site), Friends of Spring Wood (Spring Wood meadow), Friends of Beacon Fell (Beacon Fell meadow), St James' School, Clitheroe (Stephen Park), Lune Valley Community Beekeepers (Life for a Life meadow). We produced instructional videos to show how to collect, store, germinate and grow seed into plug plants, and training groups in scything, purchasing kit to allow them to manage their meadows.

1st May 2016 to 30th September 2017

Annual Report for the financial year 2014-15 produced and available on the AONB website.

1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015

Working group re-established in April 2014.

Will meet approx twice per year and direct biodiversity delivery through the development of annual delivery plans, made up from work across the delivery group.

1st April 2014

The N4N project aimed to help create a living network of nectar hubs for bees and other pollinating invertebrates across the AONB by creating small patches of species rich grassland and corn field annual patches, mainly on non-farmed land such as in school grounds, businesses and community spaces.

The project created 25 nectar patches, 7 mini-meadows and worked at a field scale to restore 35 ha of meadows as well. The project worked with 10 community groups, 6 private landowners, 10 businesses and 5 schools. We organised 12 public events, attracting 170 people.

1st April 2014 to 31st March 2016

The Bowland Hay Time project has restored 35 ha of meadows during 2014 & 2015. This has been possible through partnership working with the N4N project, LEF, the Coronation Meadows project, NE and YDMT. We used green hay and brush harvested seed, as well as plug planting on several sites.

In 2016 we restored 20 ha with a further 11ha in 2017, all using green hay, brush harvested and vacuumed seed. Sites included SSSIs (New Ings and Tarnbrook) in need of seed addition.

In 2018 a further 3 meadows of feild scale restoration were completed through Bowland Haytime

1st April 2014 to 31st March 2018

Separate Festival Bowland events brochure produced for 2014.

Festival Bowland programme for 2015 included as part of Discover Bowland guide.

2016 programme currently under development and will be included as part of discovery guide again.

1st January 2014

Actions

1.3 Habitats
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
1.3F Conserve, restore and create species-rich grassland habitats
Jointly deliver 'Networks for Nectar' project with YDMT (funded by LEF to end Sep 2015)
2015
Restore 10ha. of hay meadow
2015
Restore and ensure management of 12 small species-rich grassland sites
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2.3 Community Engagement
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
2.3B Support communities in undertaking projects and activities which help to conserve, enhance, celebrate and interpret the local environment within the AONB landscape
Support at least 6 community projects per year
Annually
Support 2 'Networks for Nectar' community engagement projects
2015
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2.3J Continue to support and develop further the opportunities for visitor giving and fundraising through Champion Bowland to raise awareness of the AONB and its special qualities
Develop and agree visitor-giving schemes
2014
Identify 10 individual businesses to link with local projects to conserve and enhance the AONB.
2 businesses per year
Provide annual update on the funds allocated.
Annually
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2.1 Farming and Land Management
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
2.1G Develop funding bids to support training and apprenticeships programme in countryside management and traditional rural skills
Forum meeting held to discuss potential for training and apprenticeships programme
2015
Development of funding bid to rural development/growth funding programmes, where available and appropriate
2016
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3.2 Public Rights of Way and Access Land
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
3.1D Continue to identify and facilitate the development of strategic routes linking neighbouring urban areas and other visitor destinations to the AONB, with priority given to: l extension Lune Valley multi-use route l extensions to North Lancashire bridleway l Settle (Pennine Bridleway) to Gisburn Forest link
Seek inclusion of priority strategic routes in review of LCC RoWIP
2014
Continue landowner negotiations and development of route for Settle to Gisburn Forest link
2014
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3.1E Identify external funding sources to support the development of new strategic routes and submit bids, where appropriate
Strategic routes fundraising plan developed
2014
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3.6 Audience Development
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
3.6C Develop an outreach project (particularly working in neighbouring urban areas) to encourage new audiences that traditionally do not know about or visit the AONB to engage with the Bowland landscape through events and activities
Review pilot 'Bowland Outreach' Project
2014
Funding secured for continuation of 'Bowland Outreach' Project, if agreed
2015
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