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BASC: Boost for major conservation project in Cheshire

A major conservation project in Cheshire, which brings together shooters and conservation groups to increase the range of wildlife in the county, has appointed a new project officer.

Ben Gregory took up the post to manage BASC's Green Shoots conservation project in Cheshire last week.

Ben graduated with a first class honours degree in Environmental Conservation from the University of Wales, Bangor in 2005 where he carried out a joint project with the British Trust for Ornithology on the breeding ecology of Barn owls in the UK.

Ben said: "I'm really looking forward to working with our partners and members on this project so we can build on what Green Shoots has already achieved. Working together enables us to pool knowledge and resources and we can provide access to a much wider area of the countryside to the benefit of wildlife."

Biodiversity officer, Ian Danby, said: "We are very pleased with the appointment as we have found an officer with the right mix of academic and personal skills vital to making a success of the project."

In recent years, members of the Green Shoots project in Cheshire have found the first evidence of Dormice in the county for 100 years, planted thousands of metres of new hedges, dug new ponds and put up barn owl nesting boxes.

NOTES TO EDITORS

  • A picture of Ben Gregory is available, for more information please contact the BASC press office on 01244 573031
  • The Green Shoots project was founded in 2001 and is part funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
  • Green Shoots in Cheshire aims to deliver conservation targets set in Cheshire Local Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP), called the Countdown Programme.
  • BASC members are delivering conservation targets on privately held land. Green Shoots aims to get this contribution recognised and to actively deliver specific targets that Local BAPs find difficult to achieve.
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