Biodiversity of the Urban Greenspace in Stroud and Cainscross
This project will manage seven greenspaces in Stroud and Cainscross. It will contribute to the Gloucestershire Biodiversity Action Plan by working on seven urban habitats, two ponds, seven priority BAP species and one protected species. All the sites are easily accessible, and well used by the local community.
We will organise habitat management workshops and wildlife surveys to continue to improve the habitats and to create new ones, as well as increasing the biodiversity of the sites in order to gain a better understanding of resident wildlife. We will promote wildlife gardening and pond building in these areas in order to increase environmental and conservation awareness.
The sites involved are Hamwell Leaze, Finn’s Way, Lake at the Lawns, Trinity Pocket Park, Arundel Mill Pond, Summer Crescent and The Long Ground. The location and more site specific information can be found on the Site Page. This project will enable us to continue to look after them, to work with volunteers in the local community (including school aged children) to ensure that the sites are well cared for, and that wildlife and biodiversity are maintained, managed and monitored. This project encourages local people to have a real sense of pride in their local area, indeed the impetus for caring for the sites has mostly come from committed volunteers in the local area. In addition to this, local people learn about the wildlife on their doorsteps and can use what they have learnt in their own gardens.