Natural England approval for Nightjar mitigation

Works are shortly set to commence at a site in Nottinghamshire to create 10ha of new habitat for Nightjar, following the recent approval by Natural England of our Nightjar Habitat Creation and Management Strategy and Plan for the land. Nightjar is a species of European nature conservation concern and a Nottinghamshire BAP species. Developed by our Ecology team, the off-site habitat land is being provided as part of the wider Lindhurst development, situated on the edge of Mansfield to enable the long term delivery of suitable habitat for breeding and foraging nightjar, present in the local area. First steps have been taken to prepare part of the land for lowland heathland creation including a mix of heather, dwarf shrubs acid grassland and bare ground habitats. Ongoing works will include enhancements to existing habitats, creating graded woodland scallops and improving the balance of scrub and grassland in an increasingly overgrown part of the site. We look forward to recording nightjars using these new habitats, as we monitor the habitats into the future!

FPCR’s Ecology team are continuing to work with the Lindhurst Group on the next phases of the development site, with our Landscape department currently overseeing the Green Infrastructure and landscaping of the first Phase.