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West Weald Landscape Project Conference: Arun and rother connections project


Presentation from West Weald Landscape Project Conference 22 May 2014

Presentation from West Weald Landscape Project Conference 22 May 2014

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  • The physical embodiement of where water meets the landscape

    is what we have widely come to know as wetlands.

    This is a very broad term whihch seems to cover more or less everything from a puddle to an ocean.

    Often in the past we have damaged and drained the small puddles, and protected the large areas, but we are now beginning to realise that perhaps the puddles and ephemeral ponds are the exact things which help to create an intricate ecological network of wetlands through the landscape,

    and that they are intrinsic to many wildlife species being able to migrate between drier patches of the landscape


  • 1. ARC & The West Weald
  • 2. What are the Issues? Fish passage Water Resources Disempowerment Loss of natural processes Urban run off Marine Sedimentation Access & Disabled access
  • 3. Working together at a Landscape Scale Ideas born of inspired partnerships
  • 4. ARC’s Vision To engage the community in understanding and tackling catchment issues in the Arun & Western Rother river valleys and to jointly deliver more sustainable long-term catchment management. Image © L Hull
  • 5. ARC Aims • Promote a rich and thriving river system where wildlife and people flourish • Work with others to protect, restore and reconnect wildlife habitat • Improve water quality and eliminate non-native invasive species • Better connect the community to the catchment, through access improvements, engagement and interpretation of natural and cultural heritage.
  • 6. ARC 2012-2013
  • 7. What will ARCdo 2013 – 2016? Provideexpert adviceandsupport (4 staff) ImproveFish Passage onmajor river obstructions WorkwithLandowners toimprove landuse / accessto grants Tackleinvasive species Work withcommunitiesonwater resources, flooding andrain gardens Engageschoolsandcommunities Restore (wetland) habitats Encouragemorepeopleoutdoors,andto get involved Empowercommunitiesto influence andact(River cleanups etc)
  • 8. Site enhancements Burton Mill Pond: Access & Disabled Access improvements Pulborough Brooks: Access, Disabled Access and Education improvements Chesworth Farm: Community supported river restoration Waltham Brooks: Access & habitat enhancements Horsham District Council Sites x 6 in HLS Amberley Dew Pond: Fencing South Pond, Midhurst: Donation Warnham Nature Reserve: Scrape & Access Improvements
  • 9. EmeraldDamselfly © B Rainbow Habitat Restoration Funding 5 haWet heath 2 haFen 3 ha+ Wet woodland 3 haSpecies-rich Floodplainmeadow 3 kmChalkstream restoration 1.5kmDitches 13.5kmRiver Restoration 10Ponds(incl.inMinor Enhancements) Weir removal / Fish passage
  • 10. Opportunities to join in Guided Walks and Events Eels in Schools Forest schools teacher training Primary education - Schools outreach (minimum 25 schools) Bushcraft, Canoeing and Angling taster events Otter and Water vole outreach Archaeology, Farm & Community Walks River clean up events Kids photo competition Oral History work Practical task days
  • 11. Training opportunities Pond Warden Training Invasive Species Training Dragonfly, Water vole & Toad patrol training Rain Garden workshops Mink Control workshop 3 x Best practice land management site visits 3 x Land management workshops (tell us what you need) Workshop on how to access funding (Eco conf)
  • 12. Other Events & Projects • Ecosystem Services report & conference (24th June 2014) • Community SUDS & Rain Gardens • Water Resources Workshops • Education Rivers pack • Groundwater work
  • 13. Coming Soon– ARC APP
  • 14. ARC Funding Available Community Project Grants 30 x grants up to £300 for :- SNCI management plans, barn owl boxes, surveys, equipment, training, access improvements, interpretation, school grounds enhancements Habitat Enhancement Grants 50 x grants up to £500 for :- Any work on enhancing and re-connecting species / habitats i.e. hedge & shaw planting, scrape creation, pond creation, fencing.
  • 15. Working Together Towards a Healthy and Connected Landscape
  • 16. Sussex Wetland Landscapes Project fransouthgate@sussexwt.org.uk 01273 497555 ARC Project Manager Rachel.Carless@rspb.org.uk 01273 763374