CB Wildlife Corridors

We need your help to be part of the BIGGER picture! We are fortunate to live in a predominantly rural parish but even here wildlife loss has been happening at an alarming rate. Acting alone, we cannot reverse wildlife loss or halt global climate change, but we can take steps to protect our local wildlife and mitigate the effects of climate change by improving, restoring, and increasing habitats for wildlife.

Inspired by Horsham District Nature Recovery Network (Wilder Horsham District) and The Weald to Wave Project the Carbon Busters team have been looking at how the parish can be involved.  These two projects set out to connect areas with high biodiversity value…to join up the dots.  Our parish falls into this plan, and over the past 12 months we have had meetings with experts Richard Black and Steve Tillman at Sussex Wildlife Trust. We are looking to improve the biodiversity corridor through the Nuthurst Parish by connecting the forests in the north of Horsham, (Roosthole being on our northern boundary), through the farm and community land of the parish to Knepp Castle on our southwest boundary. We have also had talks with Steve Hill at WSCC, about their Pollinator Highway Scheme and how verges can provide corridors through our parish. There is not enough space here to explain everything but here are the links for you to delve into.

The Corridor | Weald To Waves

Horsham District Nature Recovery Network | Sussex Wildlife Trust

(71) Wilder Horsham District – get involved! – YouTube

We have been advised that the watercourses (see map) through the parish are the prime corridor with land 20 metres either side forming the buffer zone. We have been tasked with looking at what we have and, where connections need to be made. This is a long-term project; nature regeneration takes time. Please do look at the Weald to Waves ‘Get Involved’ – maybe pledge your ‘space’ whether farmer, landowner, community group or individual garden, to be part of the corridor. What we would like YOU to do:

As farmers & landowners – please contact us at carbonbusters@nplink.org and we can link you up with advisors from Sussex Wildlife Trust. They will be able to advise you as responsible custodians of your land where biodiversity corridor improvements can be made, and funding available. Share with them what you are already doing.

As a community – please contact us if you would like to get involved in biodiversity mapping at carbonbusters@nplink.org. We are all volunteers and have jobs, more help when the time comes would be appreciated! We are not experts but care for our environment. Are there community spaces or verges (road safety to be taken into consideration) near you that would be good spaces for wilding the boundaries? A what3word reference and photo of spaces to be considered would be appreciated.

As individuals – Inspired by the talk given by David Bridges (Wilding Warnham) organised by Jill Chaytor last summer at the Nuthurst Community Allotment. David suggested an idea that everyone can be involved in, whether you have a garden, balcony, or window box. Can you grow a mini wildflower meadow? Even a window box full of pollinator-friendly flowers will have an effect.  About 30% of our food relies directly on insect pollination. Wipe out the pollinators and no more strawberries, apples, cherries, raspberries… We need healthy, resilient natural ecosystems to help support a healthy, resilient food system. Everyone has an opportunity to make a positive impact…find out more on page XXX (Nuthurst Society) and more on this next month!

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Map supplied with permission from the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre. Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database rights 2023.

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