The decline of the Willow Tit in the UK has made it a conservation priority species. Geoff Carr and Jeff Lunn have published a study in British Birds reporting on the apparent increase in the breeding population of Willow Tit in Barnsley and the Dearne Valley over the last 25 years. [See previous post on Willow … Continue reading
A small working group met in November 2015 to consider the latest draft revisions to the Barnsley Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP). Their suggestions are being incorporated in the BAP and the latest version will be available at the next open meeting of the Barnsley Biodiversity Trust on Tuesday 16 February.
Barnsley Biodiversity Trust responded to the consultation on Barnsley council’s draft Local Plan in January 2015. We were pleased that following ecological assessments for the proposed development sites, the Local Plan now includes some mitigation measures for the proposed sites. We recommended that the approach proposed in the Local Plan is rigorously applied to both … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
The 2014 Barnsley BioBlitz was held over the last weekend of June. In 48 hours, the idea was to record 1,000 different species of plants, animals and birds in the Barnsley borough with everyone joinong in by recording wildlife wherever you are in Barnsley. For more details see the bioblitz page on this site: https://barnsleybiodiversity.wordpress.com/bioblitz/
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.