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Wetland heritage survey is launched
heritage survey has been launched to find out what people know of
the wildlife value and landscape history of the local area.
The valuable results will provide feedback to the Wetland Project
to guide further landscape partnership work in the Vale of
The consultation survey has
been put together by Scarborough Borough Council’s Wetland Project
Officer, Tim Burkinshaw and Hugo Hughes, an undergraduate
Horticulture and Garden Design student of Myerscough College,
Lancashire who is interested in discovering people's perception and
understanding of wetland heritage using the Vale of Pickering as a
Tim Burkinshaw, Scarborough
Borough Council’s Wetland Project Officer explains how the survey
came about: "I was really pleased when Hugo asked me for help with
his survey idea about wetlands. He was interested in people’s
perceptions of wetland areas and whether they value them. We
decided to focus on the Vale of Pickering in particular as there
has been a great deal of interest in this area as an
under-appreciated floodplain landscape."
Hugo Hughes added: "We hope
that this survey will reveal how much local people know about the
Vale of Pickering's wetland heritage as it is a tremendously
important landscape and we suspect that very few people are aware
of its significance, even those living in it or nearby.
“I’m very passionate about
biodiversity and heritage conservation and I understand how
important people are to the future of both. I really want the
people of this fantastically diverse area to engage with the
project and I hope to gain as many responses as possible.”
Over the last four years Tim
Burkinshaw has been involved with farmers in The Carrs area at the
eastern part of the vale, through the Cayton and Flixton Carrs
Wetland Project. The project has been quietly building a
network of farm management schemes to restore and protect wet
grassland habitat and heritage features through Higher Level
Stewardship (HLS) agreements. These are agreements of ten
years between the landowners and Natural England, which focus on
features of heritage, landscape or conservation value.
The Cayton and Flixton Carrs
Partnership has eleven farm schemes signed up, from Sherburn to
Muston, with wetland restoration underway on 330 hectares (815
acres) of land.
To speak to Hugo Hughes
about the survey or to obtain a paper copy, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 07528 701111. You can also visit
Paper copies of the survey
can also be collected from and returned to the council’s Customer
First centre on St Nicholas Street, Scarborough or any of the
tourist information centres in Scarborough, Whitby or Filey.
For more information about the work of the Cayton and Flixton
Carrs Wetland Project and the practical work taking place on the
farms, contact Tim Burkinshaw, Scarborough Borough Council’s
Wetland Project Officer by email to
email@example.com or by calling 01723 374079 or