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National Park visitors urged to ‘take it home’ as litter and rubbish collection costs hit £37,000 per year - Peak District National Park

National Park rangers are asking visitors to think twice before leaving litter in the Peak District, as figures estimate more than 60 tonnes of rubbish a year is being removed from some of the most popular locations.

The Peak District National Park Authority, who manage 45 car parks and seven visitor centre and cycle hire facilities, say more than 50 tonnes of general waste and 10 tonnes of recyclable waste is collected by teams each year.  The costs of dealing with litter and rubbish at National Park Authority-managed sites have now been estimated at almost £37,000 a year.

National Park rangers say that simple measures such as visitors taking home what they bring into the National Park means that money can instead be spent on looking after the same locations where litter is the biggest problem.

A Sheffield Hallam University graduate study undertaken in 2018, suggested that one in four items of plastic-based litter observed by visitors in the Peak District were single-use plastic bottles, with around one in five items being crisp or sweet wrappers, or plastic bags. Over 80% of visitors said they had seen plastic litter at some point during their visit.


Beavers arrive for Yorkshire trial - Forestry England

Forestry England has brought a pair of Eurasian beavers from Scotland to Cropton Forest in Yorkshire for a revolutionary trial in natural flood management.

Beaver being released from crate at Cropton Forest (image: ©Forestry England / Sam Oakes)Spanning five years the trial will assess will the impact of the beavers’ activity on the long-term sustainability and maintenance of the “slowing the flow” artificial wooden dams. The dams have been helping to protect areas including nearby Pickering from flooding. This will be the first time in the United Kingdom that the effects beaver have on artificial dams has ever been studied.

Beaver being released from crate at Cropton Forest (image: ©Forestry England / Sam Oakes)

The pioneering project between Forestry England, Forest Research, Exeter University, and beaver experts Dr Roisin Campbell-Palmer and Derek Gow is building on the “Slowing the Flow” project, north of Pickering. Slowing the flow has been hailed as a big success and a potential model for other flood prone areas across the country.
Forestry England expect that the beavers’ activity in Cropton Forest will improve biodiversity in their new 10-hectare home and may have the potential to reduce the impact of flooding locally. Monitoring will continue on site throughout the five-year project to assess these ecosystem benefits.

Over 40 volunteers have been involved in the project so far doing baseline wildlife surveys, including birds, butterflies, bats, small mammals, otters, fungi, aquatic and terrestrial plants, fish, spiders and reptiles.  The surveys will be repeated every year after release.  

RZSS wrote an article for us in 2015 discussing Roisin's work on the Scottish Beaver Trial  read it here


Revealing the true value of Orkney’s marine environment - Scottish Wildlife Trust

A new approach to valuing the marine environment will be piloted in Orkney by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, in collaboration with Heriot Watt University, over the next two years. 

The Oceans of Value project aims to highlight the important link between a healthy marine environment and human prosperity, and investigate how combining two different ways of valuing the marine environment can collectively provide useful insights for decision makers in marine planning.Our Marine Planning Manager Dr Sam Collin said: “Marine planning is increasingly recognised as an essential approach to managing the many pressures on our environment. To ensure management is effective, it is essential to understand and identify the different values of the marine environment. This project will provide opportunities to incorporate local knowledge, identify ‘hidden values’, and improve our ability to tailor marine plans to meet societal, economic and environmental needs. Ultimately we want to identify opportunities for coastal communities to thrive alongside healthy living seas.”



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