West Leeds Country Park Visitor Centre Action Plan Progress 2014-15 - Birds & Mammals

Element

Type of Conservation


Action Plan

Current Situation (Autumn 2012)

Specific Elements of Action Plan

Date of proposed completion

Bird Species Action Plan

Native Bird Species:

Bullfinch

Greenfinch  

Yellow Hammer  

Tree Sparrow  

Song Thrush  

Partridge



Ex-situ

Source new birds for breeding purposes for those birds currently held which not part of a breeding pair

To be progressed



Bullfinch male, greenfinch female, thrush male sourced to pair up with respective birds

Complete


Encourage breeding of new birds by providing nest boxes in the aviary


Spring 2014 & 2015


Source a breeding pair of partridge to replace existing females.

To be progressed

Rehome female partridges to Rodley Nature Centre once breeding pair have been sourced.

Spring 2014 & 2015

Interpretation for the bird exhibits


Being developed

In partnership with Interpretation Officer  and WLCP Officer produce interpretation material

Completed

Source suitable interpretation display systems and install interpretation material

Completed

Workshops for local communities and visitors to construct, install and maintain their own boxes, and to encourage public  awareness of bird conservation

Ongoing

In partnership with the Zoo Education Officer organise an annual 2 day bird box making as a public open event in February and Easter  


Regular annual event



Partnerships with other native bird breeders  

Ongoing

New  suppliers are currently being explored

Will attend future trade fairs e.g. Parrot Society (Also deals with native species)

New contacts have been made for future supply of birds

Winter  2014/15  


Exchange birds with other native bird breeders

To be progressed

To offset costs of purchasing new birds

To be initiated 2014

In-situ

Installing more bird nest boxes in the park that are species specific

To be progressed

Officer construct & install bird boxes


Jan/Feb 2015

Developing a yearly monitoring system to determine effectiveness of installed bird boxes

To be progressed

In partnership with the Zoo Education initiate yearly monitoring of  bird species using the boxes

To commence late spring/early summer 2014 and done annually

Logging and recording

To commence late spring/early summer 2015 and done annually

Develop a leaflet that identifies the species of birds within Pudsey park and can be used by the public to monitor their presence and numbers

Being developed

Identify bird species in Pudsey Park

Complete

In partnership with Interpretation Officer and WLCP Officer create leaflets

Complete

Mammal Species Action Plan

Harvest Mice

Ex-situ

Active breeding pairs

Ongoing

Developing husbandry system to cater for more individuals

Complete


Source different genetic stock to ensure good genetic variation  for breeding purposes

Complete

Workshops for local communities and visitors to create a mouse to take home, encouraging public awareness of the harvest mouse

To be progressed

In partnership with the Zoo Education Officer organise as summer event

Summer 2014

Develop interpretation for educational purposes

Ongoing

Create interpretation

Complete



Source suitable framing system for interpretative material

Complete

Display the harvest mice as an exhibit at the WLCPVC

Ongoing

Create exhibit at the WLCPVC

Complete

In-situ

Support the  translocation project being undertaken by Rodley Nature Reserve Trust and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust at the Rodley Nature reserve

Ongoing

Look at providing surplus stock to aid the translocation programme

Complete

Seek approval for utilising surplus stock in the translocation programme.

Complete

Brown Rats

Ex-situ

Maintain an active managed  breeding population

Ongoing

Partnership with Bristol Zoo on Rat husbandry and management

Complete

Maintain suitability of the exhibit

Ongoing

Exhibit is maintained

Completed and being maintained

Develop interpretation for educational purposes

Ongoing

Create interpretation

Complete

Identify suitable framing system

Complete

European Rabbits

Ex-situ

Maintain an active managed   population

Ongoing

Partnership with Animal Welfare for husbandry and management

Complete

Develop exhibit “habitat”

Complete

Maintain suitability of  the exhibit “habitat”

Ongoing

Maintenance of exhibit “habitat”

Completed and being maintained

Develop interpretation for educational purposes

Ongoing

Create interpretation

Complete

Identify suitable framing system

Complete

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