As part of the work we’ve been doing behind the scenes, we’ve commissioned a report that looks into rewilding the Wolds as an alternative to developing it.
This report will propose the creation of a diverse, wild landscape that mitigates against flooding, produces good food, is integrated with outdoor recreation and education and contributes to and enhances the natural and local environment.
You can read the whole document below.
Some keys points to summarise:
The Wolds landscape is rare and highly valuable as a wildlife habitat.
“This site represents a fragment of a bygone farming age. The fields are diverse, the hedges mature and the valley bottom is still wet flush. These habitats have all but vanished from the larger countryside but it is alongside these habitats that our wildlife co-evolved.”
The site forms a vital part of the wider ecology of the area and development would damage that relationship and affect the species in it.
“The larger area, of which this site is a part, is known to house nightjars, snipe, woodcock, curlew, cuckoos, spotted flycatchers, common lizard, slow worms and grass snakes (all of which are red or amber listed or BAP priority species).”
The diversity of flora found across the site indicated that it could be restored to valuable, species rich grassland with simple changes. This is vital as much of this type of grassland has been lost in the UK.
“Over 90% of species rich grasslands were lost during the 20th century (The Wildlife Trusts, 2021) making remaining areas, such as this, highly valuable for wildlife.”
The site has many mature hedgerows which are classed as important habitat for wildlife.
“Hedgerows are now classified as UK Biodiversity Action Plan
(BAP) Priority Habitats with all hedgerows included, provided that they have at least 80% native woody vegetation which the hedgerows present within the site conform to (ES1).”