Changing Chalk is an exciting partnership project focusing on the chalk grassland landscape of the Sussex Downs and the communities of the coastal fringe between Brighton and Hove, Eastbourne and Lewes. Buglife is leading on three projects to address the challenges in protecting and enhancing this fragile chalk grassland for future generations and to connect people with nature.
The Landscape for Wild Pollinators project is exploring ways to improve the chalk landscape for our declining insect pollinators by delivering wildflower habitats in B-Lines with landowners and managers and community groups. The project plans to link the best remaining habitats together through new or restored wildflower stepping stones, so pollinators can move freely through the whole project area.
Thriving Vines will work with the growing vineyard industry in the Changing Chalk project area, looking to work with vineyard owners and managers to see how they can help our wild insect pollinators.
The final project is a species recovery programme for the stunning Wart-biter bush-cricket. Known from just 5 sites in the UK, three of which are within the Changing Chalk project area, we will be re-surveying sites and looking at the potential for re-introductions and working with volunteers to create a long-term monitoring programme to safeguard the future of the species.
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