SEDLESCOMBE PARISH COUNCIL

BIODIVERSITY ACTION PLAN, NOVEMBER 2007

It is appreciated that the following plan requires an input of volunteers beyond the limited resources of the Parish Council and the Environmental Working Group. It is therefore suggested that approaches are made for volunteers say from the Garden Society or other organisations. Some of the suggestions listed below are already in place or have been started.Where there is a notation 'Site identified', this indicates that the Parish Council is aware of a potential where work could be carried out.

1. KEEPING OUR OWN HOUSE IN ORDER

DOG WASTE

1.       Research the cost and usability of degradable waste bags.
2.       Research the usability of dog waste bins for gardens.
3.       Continue with the process of education, that is to use what means we have to convey the message of the need to 'clear up' dog waste.
LITTER
1.       Recruit more volunteer litter pickers who live near the centre of the Village to keep the Green and its approaches tidy.
2.       Try to solve the problem of where litter pickers can place the litter when picked.
3.       Hold a 'Litter Day' where with proper supervision schoolchildren can pick litter in the centre of the Village. This could be made an event such as inviting the 'Litter Bus' or similar.
4.       Encourage volunteer groups such as the young people using the new facilities at the scout hut to clear litter or at the very least keep the area around the hut clear.
5.       Approach and advise landowners who appear to have problems with invasive plant species (site identified).
INVASIVE PLANT SPECIES
1.       Approach and advise landowners who appear to have problems with invasive plant species (site identified).
2. EDUCATION

RED BARN FIELD

1.       Work with the local School say for a competition among the children for the best wildlife drawings/pictures with a message eg 'Skylarks should be protected because------'. The Drawings to be laminated and placed on Red Barn Field noticeboards for the duration of the 2008 summer.
2.       A wildlife survey on Red Barn to be carried out to establish the best way forward to reach its full potential.
3.       Removal of the sweet grass in the pond taking care in the process of the marsh marigolds (PC already approved).
4.       Bird and bat boxes that are in place to be cleared out after each nesting season.

ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH
1.       Discuss with the Parochial Church Council the need to adjust the mowing regime to take account of the green-winged orchids and glow-worms providing a written schedule for the mowing. Identify the site of the orchids and mark with green poles.
2.       Research the area where glow-worms have been seen and mark with green poles.
3.       Bird boxes to be cleared out after each nesting season.
4.       Invasive rhodendrons to be kept under control.
LANDOWNERS/FARMERS
1.       Skylarks are under threat as never before. Work with landowners where skylarks exist to try to improve their habitats (site identified).
2.       Produce owl boxes and tree sparrow boxes and offer them without charge to landowners/farmers where appropriate sites are identified on the understanding that they erect them and take responsibility for the maintenance of boxes.
3.       Restoration of remnant hedges (site identified).
QUEEN'S HEAD
1.       Offer help to improve the pond in the grounds.
VILLAGE HALL GROUNDS
1.       Create a garden behind the new fence in the village hall grounds. Membrane and cover with shingle. Plant with shrubs that are wildlife friendly such as attractive to bees and moths.
2.       Tidy and replant the small gardens in the car park area.
LOCAL SCHOOL
1.       Work with the staff to encourage the awareness of biodiversity issues in practical and educations terms building upon the work already carried out.
WOODLAND TRUST
1.       The Woodland Trust have a policy of identifying valuable trees - not necessarily old trees. Work with them to identify such trees in the parish. The Spanish Chestnut trees in the Churchyard are an example.
2.       Offer help to the Trust to develop the section of Brede High Woods within the Parish boundary. 
GARDENING FOR WILDLIFE LEAFLET
1.       Leaflet placed in Welcome Pack.
2.       Note in the Parish News headed 'How green is your garden?' linking this with the availability of the leaflet in the Post Office - 250 already distributed to most homes in the centre of the Village.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
1.       Plan a presentation in the village hall on biodiversity matters including discussions on the many facets of the subject.
4. HIGHWAY VERGES
1.       Create a mowing regime for the verges in the parish that protects the wild plants that grow there.
2.       The verges of Gorselands are an example where the Autumn Ladys Tresses Orchids grow. Distribute a leaflet to the homes there (already in print) and ask for a volunteer who will give the leaflet to any new family moving into Gorselands.
3.       Engage the community to inform of the reasons why the mowing regime has been introduced.

6. LINKING WITH OTHER AGENDAS

HEALTH AND OUTDOOR RECREATION

1.       Completion of the easy access footpath walk - fps 20, 21b and 28a - about a mile long. There will be no stiles to climb, just gates. Advertise and encourage its use.
2.       Completion of the much longer easy footpath walk - fps 9a and 10. There will be no stiles, just gates.