UWE have plans to develop the field opposite Cheswick village near Wallscourt into car parking. Instead of this, UWE should lead the way for nature’s recovery through designating the site for wildlife conservation, education, and wellbeing. Students across different departments could come together to manage the site for wildlife as well as partly providing a safe space to get away from the stresses of studying and be immersed in nature.
After not being touched for many years, the field is now a biodiverse habitat that also borders an isolated patch of semi-natural ancient woodland (Splatts Abbey Wood), which is a protected priority habitat. Protecting UWE’s field for nature will help to safeguard the future of this precious habitat which now only covers less than 2.4% of the UK (State of Nature Partnership, 2019).
State of Nature Partnership (2019) State of Nature 2019 [online]. UK: State of Nature Partnership.
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