Ross Wild Connections

This project originated as an idea from Ross-on-Wye’s residents, who were keen to develop a wildlife walk around their town and improve the wildlife value of some of its urban green spaces.

Working with the local community, the Trust was able to identify the route for a 9km long circular walk and also helped to secure funding. The walk makes use of existing permissive and public rights of way, taking in part of the River Wye, local parks, churchyards and cycle ways. Walkers can expect to see a range of wildlife, such as kingfishers, pied wagtails, dragonflies and butterflies associated with both the rural and urban environments.

The Trust developed a schools’ pack to help local children learn about the wildlife along the route. It’s hoped that the walk will help attract more visitors to the town and encourage more local people to walk, rather than use their cars.

Local volunteers worked with the Trust to improve a number of Council-owned green spaces that are connected by the route. Native bulb and tree planting, woodland coppicing, litter clearance, bird and bat boxes all helped to improve the wildlife value of the town. Through the project, the Trust was able to recruit, train and equip a team of volunteers to undertake the important work.

The project was generously supported by Biffaward and the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Sustainable Development Fund.