Greener Greenways reports first year success

Volunteers with instructor on insect training
14 May 2015

2014 was an exciting year for our Greener Greenways projects in England, Wales and Scotland. Throughout the year, over 180 Sustrans Wildlife Champions surveyed stretches of traffic-free National Cycle Network for wildlife, including butterflies, bumblebees, bats and amphibians.

The results of the surveys were recorded by Sustrans and have now been written up into two exciting reports: one for England and Wales and another for Scotland.

The results show how much wildlife is found around the National Cycle Network, and emphasises its importance in linking up fragmented habitats and isolated species.

In England and Wales, 129 surveys were undertaken over the year, and 113 Sustrans volunteers took part.

The volunteers took part in RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch, recording 183 species of birds. Other results include counting 283 individual bees along National Routes in England and Wales as part of Bumblebee Conservation Trust’s BeeWalk.

Wildlife surveys also encompassed butterflies, wildflowers, hedgerows, mammals, mistletoe and invasive plants.

In Scotland, over 70 volunteer Wildlife Champions were recruited in 2014. They also took part in RSPB’s Birdwatch, counting a huge 696 birds, and in Bumblebee Conservation Trust’s BeeWalk, recording over 1200 individual bees.

In 2014, there were also 32 amphibian sightings made by volunteers along the Greener Greenways routes in Scotland, as well as moss, fern, wildflower, badger, bat and winter tree surveys undertaken.

The results are being passed on to relevant partners and organisations, as well as being used by our Greener Greenways Ecologists in habitat management planning and monitoring to encourage biodiversity in the future.

If you have any questions about the reports or how you can get involved in our Greener Greenways projects, please contact David Watson (Ecologist), or Lenka Sukenikova (Greener Greenways Ecologist, Scotland).

Read the report for England and Wales, and the Scotland report

Find out more about our biodiversity conservation work