Northumberland Wildlife Trust is working towards the launch of a scheme to assist golf clubs in managing their courses in ways that will have a positive impact on the natural environment.
It is championing the concept of connected landscapes through a national ‘Living Landscapes’ project to ensure wildlife has room to move about and adapt to change.
Many golf clubs control a considerable amount of wildlife-rich land in Northumberland and the surrounding region. Bamburgh Golf Club has outcrops of rare whin grassland while Dunstanburgh has valuable dune habitats as well and whin grassland. The City of Newcastle Golf Club regularly has otters visiting its course. The Trust is seeking the views of as many golf clubs as possible on a number of conservation issues and would be grateful if either a committee member, grounds man, club secretary or captain could log on at: www.nwt.org.uk/golfclubs and complete the short questionnaire.
The information received will then enable the wildlife charity to validate and refine the scheme, prior to seeking funding for pilot testing and a possible launch in 2014.