Restoring habitat networks around the Long Mynd and Stiperstones
This is a partnership project, led by the National Trust. We are working with farmers, other landowners, and the local community to connect wildlife habitats. We are doing this by creating stepping stones and wildlife-friendly corridors between the Stretton hills, Long Mynd and Stiperstones to enable wildlife to thrive in the Shropshire Hills.
The AONB Partnership team is leading on farmer and landowner engagement, and community consultation.
We held a series of community meetings, attended by over 160 people, bwtween January and March 2020. The discussion from these events helped to shape Stepping Stones community projects around verge restoration, meadow creation, hedgerow management and species recording. Click below to read the report:
Environmental Land Management Scheme, Tests and Trials
Following a series of one-to-one meetings, 12 farmers and landowners have come together to form the Upper Onny Farmer Group. This group acts as a sound-board for Stepping Stones. The farmers are also taking part in Defra's tests and trials for the new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS), which is seeking to reward farmers for providing a wider range of environmental and public benefits. Through ELMS, Stepping Stones is helping to develop and trial a methodology of whole farm plans to integrate environmental and business advice.
Stepping Stones Visitor Economy Study
This study is an appraisal of the current and potential economic contribution of tourism to supporting farm businesses and a healthy natural environment in the Shropshire Hills Stepping Stones area.
Please get in touch through our contact page if you would like more information about our involvement with Stepping Stones.