The Brecks is an area of unique climate and soils. A history of grazing and cultivation created an open landscape attracting rare flora and fauna. There has, however, been a decline in the creation of this broken/bare ground, which has led to a decrease in the wildlife that depends upon it.
The Breckland Biodiversity Audit (BBA) recorded 12,845 species in The Brecks, identifying 2,149, of national importance, as Brecks priority species. It highlighted the importance of bare ground habitats in supporting those species.
This project will explore a range of different disturbance treatments in order to increase populations of plants, invertebrates and birds through varied habitat management and mosaic creation.
Consultation with the scientific community, conservation and land management professionals and land owners will aim to increase understanding of different ground disturbance treatments. Volunteering opportunities will provide long term engagement.
This project is being delivered through the partnership of Norfolk Wildlife Trust, RSPB, Forestry Commission, Suffolk County Council, Norfolk County Council and University of East Anglia, and with the support of Natural England. A more joined up approach will be beneficial, experimenting with different techniques, with increased monitoring, coordinating information and sharing best practice among land owners, managers and the wider community.
Watch this fantastic video showing the scrapes on Brandon Heath from above (thanks to Ember Films!)
A selection of images form the project so far.
Click here for the Brecks National Character Area Profile - NCA 85.
NCA profiles explain how you can access environmental evidence and information about specific NCAs.