Winning Ways for Wildlife

North West Hampshire is home to some of our county’s most threatened wildlife. This project works with local landowners to improve management of woodlands and downland to benefit species such as the rapidly-declining Duke of Burgundy butterfly, willow tit and rare arable flora.

Natural England provided 2.5years of funding towards a partnership project between the Trust, Butterfly Conservation and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, to work with landowners to enhance and connect existing patches of isolated woodland and chalk grassland, carry out survey work and provide management advice.

Project achievements

Duke of Burgundy by Graham Hoggarth

  • The project has influenced approximately 2545 hectares of land, through surveys, advice and capital works.
  • 29 landowners engaged in active participation
  • Habitat enhancements taken place over two years on 10 sites
  • 30 volunteers taken part in surveys- equating to over 100 man days over the two years.
  • 29 sites surveyed for butterflies by volunteers and contractors
  • 3 new Duke of Burgundy breeding sites identified plus a further sighting (non-breeding). 7 sites previously known, so this equates to 11 occupied in total
  • 54 woodlands surveyed for willow tit
  • 20 new territories for willow tit found (4 known of previously= 24 in total)
  • 6 farms surveyed for arable flora
  • 12 events held for landowners, volunteers and members of public

View the full end of project report here.

In addition to this, a leaflet was produced to raise awareness of willow tits, and advise on management of woodlands with willow tits in mind. See the report on willow tit surveys which found new connected territories in north west Hampshire.

On going surveys of willow tit will be taking place this year, in conjunction with the Hampshire Ornithological Society, with funding from Basingstoke and Dean Borough Council and Test Valley Borough Council.

Contact Sarah Lynes to find out more about the project: 01256 381186 or