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BRERC Case Studies & Projects

'A Forgotten Landscape' 2013

Photo: copyright A Forgotten Landscape 'A Forgotten Landscape' is a Landscape Partnership project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which aims to restore the heritage of the Lower Severn Vale Levels. This covers the area of the foreshore and coastal floodplain of the River Severn, in South Gloucestershire and Bristol.

The project commissioned BRERC to conduct a Phase 1 field survey of 39km² (3887ha) area of the Lower Severn Vale Levels. Habitat types were then digitised using GIS to existing OS Mastermap Topo area polygons, and a Phase 1 map produced for the area surveyed.

This updated Phase 1 data will help the project realise its aims to: "Promote and contribute to the restoration of habitat and landscape, benefiting internationally important breeding and wintering birds; and helping to support a rich biodiversity, including protected and notable species of plants, amphibians, mammals, birds and invertebrates." (source: A Forgotten Landscape project)

More information on 'A Forgotten Landscape' can be found on the project's own website (opens in a new window).

Avon BAP Atlas 2007

BAP: Biodiversity Action Plan
Example BAP Atlas map/BRERC Produced by BRERC on behalf of the Avon Biodiversity Partnership.

The Atlas maps UK BAP Priority Habitat for 44 Strategic Nature Areas (SNAs) in the Avon area;
(note riverine SNAs are not covered).

Strategic Nature Areas were identified as the best areas to focus conservation work on, in order to conserve, create and connect wildlife habitats at a landscape scale.

For each SNA, the Avon BAP Atlas presents maps and information on areas which have the potential for restoring the identified Priority Habitats.

View an example section (4 pages) from the Avon BAP Atlas on Lower Wood SNA, South Gloucestershire (opens in a new window).
Contact BRERC for a downloadable copy of the Avon BAP Atlas (217pp).

Cotswolds Hedgerow Project

Example Cotswolds Hedgerow Project poster/BRERC BRERC worked with local volunteer groups and landowners to survey and map the hedgerows in 12 parishes within the Cotswolds AONB. BRERC then produced a series of posters for each local area showing:

  • hedgerows surveyed, with the number of woody species per hedge;
  • conservation-designated sites and notable species within the parish; and
  • an analysis of the diversity of the hedgerows, their management and condition, and suggestions for future enhancement.

The project was very well received: a senior manager at Natural England commented on

    "how impressive the parish maps are.
    A very easy to use resource for local people and others.
    Simple, clear and effective."

View an example (3 pages) of the Hedgerow Project maps for Combe Hay Parish, B&NES (opens in a new window).
Or download the full Cotswolds Hedgerow Project (50pp, approx 6M).

Bristol BioBlitz Events 2009 — 2015

Example BioBlitz map/BRERC BRERC works with the Bristol Natural History Consortium (BNHC) to provide data management for BioBlitzes - including at Ashton Court Estate, Blaise Castle Estate, Tyntesfield Estate, Arnos Vale Cemetery and Oldbury Court Estate.

A BioBlitz is: "a large scale event that engages large numbers of people with biodiversity, inviting them to get directly involved in surveying and monitoring. During a BioBlitz event scientists and members of the public work together to survey a natural space; seeking, identifying and recording as many species as possible over 24 hours." (source: BNHC)

For each of these Bristol BioBlitzes BRERC:

  • Produced clear plans of the survey site for participants to use
  • Designed BioBlitz-specific recording forms for participants to use
  • Entered the species records onto our BioBlitz database during the event
  • Analysed the data and calculated the total number of species that have been recorded during the event
  • Contacted experts after the event about the specimens they took away to identify
  • Added the BioBlitz data to the BRERC database, to make it available to all

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