Learning about habitat improvement

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) event at Roddam Hall.
The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) event at Roddam Hall.

More than 50 people attended a special event organised by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) and held at Roddam Hall by kind permission of Lord James Percy.

Lord James’ conservation advisor from Kings Seeds, Richard Barnes, was also on hand and the purpose of the evening was to view the many habitat improvement projects taking place on the 1,100-acre estate, which was purchased by Lord James in 2012.

The aim has been to enhance the variety of wildlife through the introduction of a diverse range of seed mixes and to improve the habitat for a range of wildlife species through the introduction of cover crops, the management of arable field margins, and woodland management and planting. The result has been a significant increase in the populations of many species.

Lord James said: “There is no quick fix to encourage wildlife back. You need to have a plan and know where you want to go with it. Be patient and work hard at it. Each mix has its place and when you get it right it works as you can see by the results.”