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Action Day for Peak District wildlife

This is an archived press release

Thursday 11 November 2004

11 November 2004

Action Day for Peak District wildlife

Community action for wildlife was given top priority when Peak District conservationists, local groups, landowners and businesses met in Bakewell.

More than 70 people, from schoolchildren to major companies, who are involved in the 10-year Peak District Biodiversity Action Plan, gathered at the Agricultural Centre to hear of progress on vital work to safeguard plants, animals and birdlife.

Scores of villagers are helping conserve and enhance the environment in their own areas, through such activities as hay meadow seeding, drystone walling, roadside verge plant surveys, woodland and dewpond restoration.

The Partnership Day also included a Biodiversity Vision Project presentation by pupils of Great Hucklow Primary School, who acted out what they had learnt about threatened species, such as crayfish, water voles and curlews with puppets and masks.

Speakers from major conservation action projects, including Moors for the Future, Ravine WoodLIFE, the Peak Birds Project and East Midlands Biodiversity Forum, updated the audience on their work, and landowner Paul Walker spoke about what he has been able to do for wildlife on his farm at Sheen.

National Park chair of services, Lynn Crowe, who chaired the gathering, said it had been stimulating and revitalising: "It was a chance to celebrate what has been done since the Biodiversity Action Plan began in 2000, and an opportunity to reflect on how we can improve it for the future."

National Park head of conservation Jane Chapman added: "We wanted to emphasise that everyone can become involved and really get something out of it while knowing they are contributing to the environment."

Ideas put forward included expanding community involvement by making more residents aware of what they can contribute in their own area, and linking them up with conservation activities.

Participants also felt that partnerships with wildlife groups, conservation agencies and local authorities could be strengthened to help drive forward the rescue and expansion of wildlife habitats for future generations to enjoy.

This is an archived press release

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