Adders, annual conference and equi-culture

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Date: January 2024

 Cannock Chase National Landscape

Save the date - Annual Conference 2024

The Cannock Chase National Landscape Annual Conference 2024 will be held on Thursday April 25th 2024. The theme of the Conference is to be Nature Recovery.

Every county in England will have to produce a Local Nature Recovery Strategy to restore, create and connect habitats across their area.  Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council are currently working on the preparation of a Local Nature Recovery Strategy, which will include Cannock Chase. In 2024 we will also begin the process of reviewing the AONB Management Plan. Nature recovery will be central to our vision for the area for the next 5 years.  The conference theme of nature recovery is, therefore, timely in terms of national and local aspirations, and will allow us to reflect on the state of nature in the National Landscape; what we mean by nature recovery; and how we can work in partnership for nature.

We are hoping to have a small table top exhibition during the conference of local organisations who have an interest in nature recovery. If you would like to be involved and considered for a space, please do email Samantha Hall with your details. 

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Volunteers at Conference

Adder Conservation


We are pleased to announce that a partnership led by wildlife conservation NGO, Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK  (ARG UK), with the Cannock Chase National Landscape Partnership, the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the local volunteer-led Shropshire and Staffordshire amphibian and reptile group, SAS ARG, has been successful in securing funding from DEFRA’s ‘Farming in Protected Landscapes (FiPL)’ programme. The aim is to find out more about the status of the adder on Cannock Chase, and collectively develop a programme to help conserve one of our most iconic native animals.

During the first phase of the project, starting in the Spring of 2024, a survey and monitoring programme will be set up to collect and collate records for adders across Cannock Chase and its environs. We would be grateful for any historic records or other information that local residents or visitors to the area may have, that will allow us to better map the distribution of adders, and where possible target survey areas where little is known or there are gaps. If you would like to find out more, join the survey team or have any other comments please contact Dr Angela Julian, Coordinator, ARG UK on

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Cannock Chase Equi-Culture

Fipl Roo

Cannock Chase offers some of the best off-road horse riding in the country. Furthermore, ‘equi-culture’ and horses play a prominent role in land management on and around the Chase. Local horse-owners and equine establishments are being encouraged to get involved in the Farming in Protected Landscapes Programme. Practical action can provide numerous benefits to equine land managers and their horses. Planting species rich hedgerows offers opportunities for browsing and helps improve drainage; hedgerow trees offer both shelter and shade for horses. One successful FiPL applicant, Roo, has been planting new hedgerows and several copses on her fields near Brocton. Her horses and land are already reaping the benefits – the new hedgerows and fencing are helping Roo to carry out rotational grazing, periodically resting some of her land and gradually improving its condition and herbal diversity. The planting is also slowing down surface run off from rainfall and improving drainage, and wildlife such as song birds and pollinators are benefiting from new habitats and connectivity. Contact Karen Davies for more information.

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Historic Buildings Restoration Grant

The Historic Buildings Restoration Grant enables applicants with historic farm buildings in need of restoration to access funds at a grant rate of 80% to secure and weatherproof them. It is not for maintenance or improvements. For more information contact Colin Manning

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Historic Buildings restoration Grant

Caring for Cannock Chase

As the days and nights get lighter and warmer, we start moving into spring and getting out onto the Chase more. Please do remember to take care when out and about. Keep to paths, keep dogs on leads and be careful not to disturb ground nesting birds. The main nesting season particularly for the Nightjar is between April and August.

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Images in this e-newsletter thanks to Robert Cartwright and Kevin Clark