Land Management Advice
Cley Marshes, Barry Madden
As well as designated Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), Special Protected Areas (SPAs) National Nature Reserves (NNRs) Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AoNBs), Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) there are also more than 1,400 County Wildlife Sites (CWS) and numerous local nature reserves.
It is no surprise that many landowners in Norfolk will have areas of exceptional quality for wildlife that need careful management to ensure that the habitats are kept in favourable condition. There are also opportunities for landowners to create habitats, making more space for wildlife and providing wildlife corridors and stepping stones between otherwise isolated habitats.
NWS provides professional land management advice using our ecological expertise and local knowledge to write and implement management plans for a range of clients. This involves site and desk based habitat and species surveys, drawing upon the knowledge of local expert wildlife recorders and data held by Norfolk Biodiversity Information Service (NBIS). Once the habitats, vegetation classifications and other physical and environmental conditions are mapped out and the species lists compiled, a set of habitat management prescriptions are carefully devised to inform immediate and recurring conservation management requirements.
We are also in the process of developing our skills and knowledge of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme so that we can advise landowners on applying for funding from the scheme and maximising the benefits to wildlife on their land.