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AONB: Arnside & Silverdale

Volunteers protecting priority habitats

The AONB team hosts practical volunteer activities to maintaining small areas of important habitat, creating stepping stones and wildlife corridors between the larger reserves as well as buffer zones around them. This work includes coppicing, verge management and pond conservation.

Without the AONB volunteers’ input, many of these sites would not be managed at all, and the loss of these important stepping stones and buffer sites would have an adverse impact on the larger reserves in the area.

The volunteer team, built up over the course of 25 years, takes part in weekly practical management tasks and the AONB invests in rural skills training (eg drystone walling, hedgelaying, chainsaw operation etc) to help volunteers expand their skills.