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Revised BAP introduction

Revised BAP introduction

Our introduction to the Barnsley Biodiversity Action Plan has been revised with links to the most recent State of Nature reports. You can see the revised introduction to the Barnsley Biodiversity Action Plan at: barnsleybiodiversity.org.uk/introduction. We would like your comments – which you can give on this post. Advertisements

  • The BBT open meeting held on Monday 24 October 2014 heard from Pete Riley, Penistone Friends of the Earth, about the Our Hogwatch project in the area of Barnsley west of the M1; Janet Mason about her local hedgehog rescue centre, Dan Wildsmith, Voluntary Action Barnsley, about the surveys of invasive species on the river Dove and upper river Don; Pete Wall with news of the Dearne Valley Green Heart NIA, and Roseanna Burton with an update on the HLF-funded Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership. Colin Graham gave an overview of the first year of the Biodiversity in Schools project, also HLF funded; and Trevor Mayne updated us on his work as BMBC biodiversity officer and on the Barnsley Biological Records Centre. Mention was made of the Sheffield and Rotherham’s Living Landscape projects on the river Don and of the TPT conservation volunteers proejcts on the TPT near Dunford Bridge. We hope to hear more of these at our next meeting.
  • A workshop on the revised Barnsley Biodiversity Plan was held in May at RSPB Old Moor, The comments made and ideas suggested are being incorporated in the plan and are being made available on line. We want to let everyone know about the work done to revise the Biodiversity Plan, the additional information provided, and the new priorities and approaches adopted. www.barnsleybiodiversity.org.uk/biodiversity.html
  • The Annual General Meeting of the Barnsley Biodiversity Trust was held on Monday 27 January at Barnsley Town Hall with reports from Barnsley council’s biodiversity officer and on the Barnsley Biological Record Centre and the HLF funded "Biodiversity in schools" project. Discussion followed on the response to the consultation on the HS2 route through Barnsley.
  • The last BBT open meeting held on Monday 14 October heard from Richard King about the work on the Landscape Partnership project for the Dearne Valley to be funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Project ideas have to be in soon for the draft plan which is being produced in December for consultation. Annice Fuller gave an update on activities across the Dearne Valley Green Heart NIA. There were also updates on Barnsley Council’s work in the NIA, on the Barnsley Sites Partnership, and on Barnsley Biological Records Centre. We also heard about work at Rabbit Ings, the projects that Voluntary Action Barnsley is involved with, and hedgehog release amongst other issues concerning the environment in Barnsley.
  • The 2013 Barnsley Bioblitz took place over the weekend Friday 5 July to Sunday 7 July. News soon of the numbers of species and records collected. Over 800 species were recorded in 48 hours with over 2000 new biological records.
  • Great News! The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £29,000 to the Barnsley Biodiversity Trust for its ‘Biodiversity in Schools’ project.  We will work with an additional 18 schools to raise awareness of biodiversity and improve school grounds for wildlife.  
  • RSPB Old Moor celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2012. And for the second year in a row, there were breeding bittern with four young at Old Moor. Congratulations!
  • Green infrastructure: The South Yorkshire Green Infrastructure delivery programme has been published. For details: South Yorkshire Forest website.