Mammal group – stage 2

The first phase of this project kicked off last year (2009).

The Mammal Group and the Cannock Chase Youth Rangers held a two day wetland mammal tracking event on the 15th and 16th May 2010, at Brocton Local Nature Reserve (LNR).

The survey was carried out by nine volunteer Youth Rangers and two volunteers from Staffordshire Mammal Group.

Fourty Longworth Traps were set and checked. A field survey of the LNR was also carried out.

The “Cannock Chase Wetlands” leaflet was created and circulated to visitor centres, landowners, partners and to interested members of the public.

Twenty-two days of baseline invertebrate surveys were carried out by Staffordshire Invertebrate Group, an independent consultant and SWT for selected sites on the Rising Brook and Stafford Brook.

One new population of native white-clawed crayfish was been discovered on the Rising Brook at Furnace Coppice near Cannock Chase Enterprise Centre.

Three new populations for the rare Red Data Book hoverfly Chalcosyrphus eunotus were discovered on the Shropshire Brook, the Stafford Brook and the Lower Old Brook.

This makes Cannock Chase one of the UK’s main known strongholds for this species.

In addition, two mammal group events have been carried out to educate people about how to survey and monitor wildlife in the AONB.

Total project cost £12.499. Match funding generated £2,500 (25%)

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