Protecting wildlife and wild places

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust carries out conservation projects all over the county to protect our special landscapes and wildlife.

Living Landscapes schemes - thinking big

To date, wildlife conservation has been focused on protecting small pockets of land for wildlife, such as nature reserves. While nature reserves are important refuges for wildlife, it is becoming increasingly clear that these isolated areas of habitat surrounded by relatively hostile urban, agricultural and industrial landscapes, are not enough. Some of our most endangered wildlife requires greater support to survive the many pressures of human activity.

The way forward is nature conservation on a landscape scale - the creation of a Living Landscape. A Living Landscape is a ‘recovery plan for nature’, championed by The Wildlife Trusts since 2006, to help create a resilient and healthy environment rich in wildlife with ecological security for people.

Read more about our Living Landscape vision and our four Living Landscape schemes: the Churnet Valley Living Landscape project, the Central Rivers Initiative, Stoke and urban Newcastle Living Landscape and Staffordshire Rivers

Ongoing conservation work

Stafforshire Wildlife Trust is also currently working on a number of conservation projects within Living Landscape areas around the county to safeguard threatened species and create or restore wildlife habitats. 

Here is a selection of our current work:

Protecting the native white-clawed crayfish

The UK's native white-clawed crayfish is under serious threat from disease-carrying non-native species. They are an important part of the food chain for otters, fish and birds, and their disappearance would have a severe impact on the entire wetland ecosystem.

The Trust is working on a two-year project to set up new populations - find out more here.

Heathland restoration on Cannock Chase

The Connecting Cannock Chase – Lowland Heathland Project is working to restore and recreate over 50 hectares of heathland on three areas of Forestry Commission land on Cannock Chase.

Heathland is a rare and threatened habitat that is home to a wide range of plants and animals including heather, hybrid bilberry, nightjar, woodlark, bog-bush cricket, adder and lizards. Read on to find out more.

Blooming Stoke

The Trust and Stoke-on-Trent City Council are working together to create eight wildflower meadows around Stoke-on-Trent.

The meadows will contain colourful nectar-rich flowers which will provide food for our precious pollinating insects, which have suffered alarming declines in recent decades. Read more on this exciting project.

Local wildlife sites

Local Wildlife Sites are special places recognised for having high wildlife value and containing rare or threatened habitats and species. Most Local Wildlife Sites are in private ownership and their long-term survival depends upon the interest and goodwill of their land managers and owners.

The Trust's Wildlife Sites team seeks to discover, monitor and arrange appropriate conservation management for Local Wildlife Sites - read more about their work.

Staffordshire Biodiversity Action Plan

The Staffordshire Biodiversity Action Plan (SBAP) is in place to co-ordinate conservation efforts in delivering the UK Biodiversity Action Plan at a more local level.

The SBAP has proved to be an effective planning tool within the county and has provided the direction needed to form a number of broad-ranging biodiversity partnerships and specialised action groups. This has led to the protection, enhancement and creation of many threatened habitats and provided a framework for effectively monitoring species recovery. Read more.

Publications

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has published and commissioned a number of publications relating to its work protecting wildlife and wild places.