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N85 | Biodiversity of Roadside Verges

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Lead Partner Norfolk County Council
Contact Person Graham King
Position within organisation: Countryside Manager
Telephone number : 00 44 1603 222762
Fax number : 00 44 1603 223219
Email address :
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Project type : Action
Partners involved :
Relevant measure(s) : 4.1.
Total eligible cost (€)
Summary Top
Species rich grassland is now very rare in Norfolk as meadows have been ploughed or reseeded and fertilised. This habitat is an important biodiversity target. Most of what remains is contained in the strips of land beside the tarmac of the county’s roads. Some of these are still of great interest, but others have declined because of the management that they have received. Management used to be by hand or grazing which maintained the floristic richness. Management now is uniformly by mechanical means which has caused significant deterioration in the biodiversity and visual interest of these verges. We wish to promote enhanced management of more verges to improve their floristic richness in the interests of biodiversity and also of people who use these roads, especially those who use them on foot, cycle or horseback. We are sure that other areas in partner countries will have suffered similarly and we should be keen to work collaboratively to improve the situation.
Objectives Top
To improve the biodiversity, floristic value and visual interest of highway verges.
Outcomes Top
Enhanced biodiversity of rare habitats that are very visible to the public.
Partners Top
cities&regions transport&it water&flood risks nature&heritage seas&ports