The project area
Sandscapes is working to restore and reconnect areas of heathland across the three counties of Shropshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire. This includes two places cared for by the National Trust; Dudmaston, near Bridgnorth and Kinver Edge, near Stourbridge.
Dudmaston, South Shropshire
Approximately half of the three thousand acre estate at Dudmaston, sits on sandy soils. Historically, these soils have been eroding into the River Severn. Siltation (sediment build-up) and eutrophication (the over-enrichment of water by nutrients) affects the Picturesque landscape pools on the estate.
Mose Farm on the Dudmaston Estate
The sandy soils at Mose Farm, which lies at the north end of the estate, provide an ideal habitat for lots of wildlife, including many ground nesting birds, bees, butterflies and other insects.
Working alongside the tenant farmer, two hundred and forty-two acres of farmland are planned to be restored to heathland over the next ten years. Currently, this area of the farm is used to grow and harvest arable crops.
Kinver Edge, South Staffordshire
Kinver Edge is within a sandstone district associated with the Severn Plateau and includes much former heathland and common land. The project aims to restore heathland and wood pasture to improve habitat connectivity for wildlife.
Blakeshall Common on Kinver Edge
We are working to restore Blakeshall Common as an area of traditional lowland heath. The gains for wildlife of restoring the heathland will be significant, particularly for animals that are increasingly rare in the UK.
Currently a conifer plantation, this area offers an opportunity to deliver a restoration project that will not only provide a home for wildlife, but also ensure that it can continue to be accessed and enjoyed for recreational purposes.
The National Trust has received the support of local Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, and Natural England, amongst others, for this important nature restoration plan.