Regeneration project sees birds breed in Sandy heathland

PUBLISHED: 17:03 27 October 2018

Restored heathland at The Lodge RSPB reserve in Sandy. Picture: GCLP

Restored heathland at The Lodge RSPB reserve in Sandy. Picture: GCLP


A restoration project to create better habitats has seen a bird species breed in Sandy for the first time in more than four decades, thanks to the regeneration of heathland.

The Greensand Country Landscape Partnership-funded Living Heathlands project works with the RSPB, The Greensand Trust and The Wildlife Trust to create better habitats across the Greensand landscape – which stretches from Leighton Buzzard to Gamlingay.

Thanks to the regeneration of heathland at The Lodge reserve, nightjars are breeding in Sandy for the first time in 45 years.

Claire Poulton, programme manager at the Greensand Country Landscape Partnership explains: “We are thrilled. The objective of this project is to create better habitats for wildlife, which provide sustainable homes for a number of species and improve the chances of retention across Greensand Country.

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