The Countryside Team manages sites for the benefit of wildlife in the Lichfield District and provides expert ecological advice on endangered plants, animals and habitats for matters including:
- The management of 'Green Spaces'
- Planning applications and policy formation.
This advice is also available to all local residents across the district as well as to community and interest groups.
Who we are
The Countryside Officer (Justine Lloyd) is responsible for the operation and management of the Countryside Team and securing the long term sustainable management for all Lichfield District Council heathlands and areas of nature conservation.
The Biodiversity Officer (Chris Walsh) deals with the day to day management of Lichfield District Councils heathlands and areas of nature conservation and organises and leads the Countryside Teams environmental education and volunteer events programme.
Countryside Support (Denice Deverall) is responsible for
admin & payments and generally keeps the countryside team running
The Countryside Team carries out conservation and habitat management works across approximately 500 hectares within the Lichfield District.
These sites include Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), Sites of Biological Importance (SBIs) and Local Nature Reserves (LNRs).
The Countryside team run an annual events program allowing members of the public to get closer to the local wildlife and learn more about the animals and plants of the district.
We also run practical conservation events throughout the year allowing volunteers to get actively involved in local conservation on some of the areas most beautiful wildlife sites.
So if you're interested in learning to identify birds from their songs, want to get a taste of working in conservation, discover about your or learn how to lay a hedge why not see what events are happening near you?
Environmental Education for Schools
The Countryside Team is also actively engaged in providing environmental education for schools in the Lichfield district.
We are able to both visit schools to teach students about the rare habitats, plants and animals within the Lichfield area as well as provide nature walks and onsite learning events for school groups wishing to visit our sites.
If you're a teacher interested in visiting a conservation site or
having the Countryside Team visit your school please contact Chris Walsh
(Biodiversity Officer) at email@example.com.