Wildlife surveys are conducted regularly on our sites by professional ecologists to identify the species and habitats present. Many local experts also contribute valuable and detailed survey data on butterflies, damselflies, birds and other groups of wildlife.
This information allows species which are rare at the local, regional, or national scale, or those which are legally protected, to be recorded and informs decisions about future site management. Wildlife surveys can also be used as a monitoring tool to track changes in habitat and associated wildlife populations over the long-term.
From survey data, decisions about the way in which a site is managed for conservation are drawn up into a management plan, which is usually revised every five years. Our sites are managed in partnership with the Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk Wildlife Trusts, Natural England, the Broads Authority, the Environment Agency, local interest groups and dedicated volunteers, who work to maintain and enhance our sites for biodiversity.
An environmental screening process is carried out for all our planned operational projects, in order to minimise the negative effects on wildlife. At any site where capital work is proposed, actions are taken to protect the species already there and to increase the site’s value for wildlife.
To find out more about how we manage our sites for wildlife conservation, please click on a links below