Bee Kind

Wildlife corridors

Bees need a network of corridors and pathways to link wildlife areas together, just like we need a road network to get to work!

If designed right, wildlife corridors can improve urban ventilation, which lets cool air in to more built-up areas and reduces the urban heat island effect. Urban green areas can also have positive effects on human health and climate change too.

Many of our green corridors are linked together throughout the district such as Ashfield’s Kings Mill reservoir, which links with The Hermitage Local Nature Reserve (LNR), Oakham LNR, Quarry Lane LNR and into Titchfield Park. The corridor then forks off to Fisher Lane Park picking up the Timberland Trail and Mansfield Way to Racecourse Park and eventually meeting Vicars Water in Clipstone. The Timberland Trial and its excellent wildlife corridor creates a link throughout the Mansfield area with Mansfield Way branching off near the Racecourse and heading towards Oak Tree Heath SSSI site and further onto Strawberry Hill and Rainworth.

Wildlife corridors are vital for the survival of our natural neighbours. Linking core wildlife habitats helps to restore and preserve biodiversity, allowing movement between important habitats to maintain genetic diversity in wildlife populations. Without this, local extinctions can happen.

A wildlife corridor is a link of wildlife habitat, generally native vegetation, which joins two or more larger areas of similar wildlife habitat. Corridors are really important for the maintenance of ecological processes including allowing for the movement of animals and the continuation of viable populations.

Wildlife corridors serve a number of purposes including protecting wildlife and helping animal populations to thrive. They function as means to lower human-animal conflict in the form of vehicle-animal collisions and help combat the negative effects of habitat fragmentation.