A Wildlife Corridor is ‘an area of habitat connecting wildlife populations separated by human activities or structures’.
It’s not a new idea, they exist all around the world and vary in size, from vast areas of wilderness to strips of land in amongst urban sprawl, but this is the first Wildlife Corridor to be identified in Brighton & Hove.
It provides an extremely visible and vital divide between the two villages of Ovingdean and Rottingdean and connects the flora and fauna of the South Downs National Park with Beacon Hill Nature Reserve.
This ORPS initiative, launched on 28 April, aims to safeguard the species, many endangered, which inhabit this beautiful part of the chalk Downs. They include rare birds, such as skylarks, amphibians, reptiles, butterflies and insects.
ORPS are encouraging all residents, but especially those who live adjacent to the corridor, to do two things:
1. Plant flowers and shrubs that attract native wildlife into the area www.ovingdean.co.uk/wildlife-corridor/
2. Report any rare or unusual wildlife to the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre - www.brc.ac.uk/irecord
We need your help, whether your garden is adjacent to the corridor or not
Email ORPS@ovingdean.co.uk to get regular updates of what is happening in and around Ovingdean
Other ideas include: create a compost area, replace fences with hedgerows, build a small pond – fresh water habitats are in decline, install a bee hotel, buy a bird table, or a bat box, create fence holes for hedgehogs, encourage toads, start a wildflower meadow, the possibilities are endless! For useful links and more ideas, please go to the Ovingdean website www.ovingdean.co.uk/wildlife-corridor/
Report any rare or unusual wildlife to Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre
Take photos/video footage, recording the date and time then report this information via the iRecord website: www.brc.ac.uk/irecord If you don’t have access to the internet please write to the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre, Woods Mill, Shoreham Rd, Henfield BN5 9SD with information on who you are, what you saw, when you saw it and a picture if possible (Who, What, Where and When) Use ispot website www.ispotnature.org to help you identify wildlife.
This vital information will be collated by the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre and added to the UK national biodiversity network register which will contribute to protecting the precious wildlife we have in this country.
Species that are important and seen in Brighton & Hove - look out for them!
Plants –Hoary Stock/Night Scented Stock, Scabious, Campanula, White Helleborine Orchid
Invertebrates –Hornet Robber fly, Dingy Skipper, Brown banded Carder Bee
Birds –Peregrine, Starling, House Martin. Mammals –Badgers, Bats, Hazel Dormouse
www.tinyurl.com/BiodiversityPlanBHCC - for the complete list
You can protect wildlife by making a few changes in your garden!
Longhill Road Woodland Tree Preservation Order (TPO) - Brighton and Hove issued this provisional TPO stating ‘such an amenity should be preserved' and we need your help to make it permanent. Please email email@example.com in support of protecting this important visual amenity that is home to numerous rare wildlife by 10th May. Further details and a map can be found www.tinyurl.com/LonghillTPO or email firstname.lastname@example.org