The high profile national project is run by Natural England and seven of the leading wildlife charities. 20 local projects aim to restore local habitats for threatened species, and the Roots of Rockingham project is being led by Butterfly Conservation with the aim of re-introducing the Chequered Skipper butterfly to England. Butterflies were brought from Belgium and now appear to be breeding at an undisclosed location in the area.
The project is also aiming to improve the woodlands for special species such as Adder, Barbastelle Bat, Concolorous Moth, Willow Tit, Fly Orchid etc. The project organises a programme of talks, training, work parties etc.
Bat Conservation Trust
What they do in Rockingham Forest
BTO, the British Trust for Ornithology
Representative for Northants region,
If you are a keen birder in the Rockingham Forest area there are national surveys that you can help with locally. In particular there's the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) , the Wetland Bird Survey (WBS), Garden Birdwatch, the Heronries Census, the Nest Record Scheme and several others. These surveys require different levels of skill and experience - but the main requirement is enthusiasm!
Regional reps organise the surveys locally and can tell you more - please get in touch. There's training possibilities and great resources to help your birding skills on the BTO website