Wild About Warnham

The Nature Action Hub is supporting the creation of a Pollinator Highway in West Sussex. Stretching for a couple of miles over farmland, churchyard, highway verges, a village green and private gardens in the parish of Warnham, the pollinator highway is a nature corridor created to give wildlife a safe haven and connected habitat.

This inspiring project is a whole community initiative led by David Bridges of Wild About Warnham. David, who is passionate about butterflies, hopes the corridor will link Horsham District Council’s Warnham Nature Reserve with the informal Butterfly Fields site across the parish.

Local residents, the primary school, landowners, the church and even the local pub are enthusiastically involved.

Wild About Warnham were referred to the Nature Action Hub by the Sussex Wildlife Trust, to help find mapping expertise. They needed a digital base map showing all the potential sites and strips of land along the route of the Highway so they could share this information with landowners, funders and other interested parties as they develop and implement the concept. David gives lots of talks too and only had a very large OS base map to illustrate the project area. The digitised map will also help Wild About Warnham measure areas so they can calculate any costs of land management, wildflower seed purchases and number of hedging plants we might need.

A team of mapping experts have volunteered to help Wild About Warnham through the Nature Action Hub and are carrying out the digital mapping of the corridor, which will be updated as the project progresses.