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West Weald Landscape Project Conference: Arun and rother connections project

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Presentation from West Weald Landscape Project Conference 22 May 2014

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West Weald Landscape Project Conference: Arun and rother connections project

  1. 1. ARC & The West Weald
  2. 2. What are the Issues? Fish passage Water Resources Disempowerment Loss of natural processes Urban run off Marine Sedimentation Access & Disabled access
  3. 3. Working together at a Landscape Scale Ideas born of inspired partnerships
  4. 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. 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. 6. ARC 2012-2013
  7. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 12. Other Events & Projects • Ecosystem Services report & conference (24th June 2014) • Community SUDS & Rain Gardens • Water Resources Workshops • Education Rivers pack • Groundwater work
  13. 13. Coming Soon– ARC APP
  14. 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. 15. Working Together Towards a Healthy and Connected Landscape
  16. 16. Sussex Wetland Landscapes Project fransouthgate@sussexwt.org.uk 01273 497555 ARC Project Manager Rachel.Carless@rspb.org.uk 01273 763374

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