September Update: News from Therfield Heath Conservation – Habitat Management on Therfield Heath

News from Therfield Heath Conservation – Habitat Management on Therfield Heath

A habitat management plan has been developed with Natural England to improve the SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) area of Therfield Heath.

The purpose of this management plan is to describe the importance of the SSSI on Therfield Heath for nature conservation, how the condition of the holding is to be maintained or enhanced, and positive management measures to be undertaken to achieve this. A huge thanks to previous Head of Conservation, Cheryll Wilson, for writing and negotiating this plan. To read the full Habitat Management Plan please visit the Therfield Heath and Greens website.

One potential source of funding for the Habitat Management Plan is through the Rural Payments Agency, which provide funding for Countryside Stewardship Schemes. These schemes are developed with Natural England to provide financial incentives for farmers, foresters and land managers to look after and improve the environment. As part of the application process, we would like to invite everyone to an open consultation on the 21st of September 2023 in Royston Town Hall (Lower Hall) at 7.30pm, to discuss the funding offered by this scheme, the conditions of receiving the funding, and what this means for the management of the Heath.

Please note that despite the showery weather there is still a risk of fire on the Heath. Barbeques and fires are not permitted on the Heath, and we ask that you responsibly dispose of cigarette butts to reduce the risk of wildfire. Thank you for helping to protect this special place.