West Leeds Country Park Visitor Centre Action Plan Progress 2014-15 - Invertebrates 

Element

Type of Conservation

Action Plan

Current Situation (Autumn 2012)

Specific Elements of Action Plan


Date of proposed completion

Invertebrate Action Plan

Tansy Beetle

Ex-situ

Develop partnership the Tansy Beetle Action Group (TBAG)

Ongoing

Gain insight into management, breeding and monitoring of Tansy beetles

Completed

Allow Tansy plants to proliferate and establish a sustainable source at the WLCPVC

Ongoing

Establish plants at the WLCPVC each year for new plants

Completed

Split existing plants  to increase the Tansy Plant population

Complete

Harvest seeds from existing population

Complete

Sow seed from harvested crop from previous year’s plants

Complete

Explore an alternative food  source

Ongoing

Establish Water mint, Mentha aquatica

Completion date dependent on successful establishment of plants and acceptability by Tansy beetles as a food source

Develop and maintain a live exhibit of Tansy plants and beetles within the WLCPVC

Ongoing

Experiments with potted plants in new enclosure

Partially successful with concerns over light intensity

Install a suitable grow light to stimulate continued plant growth

2015

Develop former harvest mouse enclosure for exhibiting purposes

Complete

Develop interpretation for exhibition purposes

Ongoing

Develop interpretation

Complete

Source framing system

Complete

Develop Insect Home Making workshops at the WLCPVC to teach visitors how to construct and install their own insect homes and to encourage public awareness about the wide variety of insects that abound in the West Leeds Country Park

To be progressed

In partnership with the Zoo Education Officer organise as summer event

Complete

Develop suitable insect home design

Complete

Develop, for educational purposes,  a “Tansy Beetle day” in Discovery room for visitors and children

To be progressed

To be pursued on the successful establishment of the tansy beetle at the WLCPVC

Complete

In-situ

Allow Tansy plants to proliferate and establish a sustainable plant population at Post Hill in Leeds

Ongoing  – plant growth slow and losses due to vandalism and plant competition

Plant Tansy on the meadow by Farnley Beck

Completed 2011/12 (200 plants planted)

Monitor growth of plants

Monitor till 2014/15 to determine if suitable for establishing an Ark Site

Pitfall  trapping to determine invertebrate predators in the area where the Tansy plant population is establishing

Ongoing

Trap invertebrates

Complete

Identify invertebrate species

Still to be completed

Determine whether their predation could influence establishment of the tansy beetle

Still to be ascertained

Explore the possible use of Tansy populations at Calverley Lane Picnic site and Rodley Nature reserve for   establishing tansy beetles

Ongoing

Assess suitability of Calverley Lane Picnic Site as an Ark Site

On hold until the Wicken Fen introduction project is completed

Discuss with Rodley Nature Reserve Trust the option of establishing a Tansy Beetle Ark Site

On hold until the Wicken Fen introduction project is completed

Develop tansy beetle surveying techniques

In progress

Using the methodology developed by TBAG

Summer 2015

Barberry Carpet Moth

Ex-situ

Develop a partnership with relevant organizations/volunteer groups , for the breeding , interpretation and trans-location of the moth

Ongoing

Natural England

Complete

Ian Hughes(Dudley and West Midlands Zoological Society

Complete

Experiment with producing Barberry plants from seed harvested in the wild

In progress

Plants are being grown in partnership with Redhall Nursery

Summer 2014

Source captive bred caterpillars of the moth and establish on plants at the WLCPVC

To be progressed on successful growth of plants

Source from Ian Hughes. Planted plants still growing at the WLCPVC and are not big enough to sustain a caterpillar population as yet. Review in summer 2015

Summer 2015

Develop interpretation for educational purposes

In progress

Create interpretation

Complete

Identify suitable framing system

Complete

Develop moth making workshops for educational events utilising Dip-It Fantasy Film

In progress

In partnership with Zoo Education Officer pursued workshop on the successful establishment of the carpet moth at the WLCPVC

Summer 2014

In-situ

Establish a number of plants at various proposed sites within the West Leeds Country Park with the aim to eventually establish Ark Site colonies of the Barberry Carpet moth in the Leeds area

Ongoing

In partnership with the Country Parks Officer established plants at the WLCPVC as a security hedgerow due to their prickly nature

Dependent on success of establishing plants – Summer 2014

Plants established at New Wortley Recreation Ground as a security hedgerow due to their prickly nature

Dependent on success of establishing plants – Summer 2014

White-clawed crayfish

Ex-situ

Establish a holding area in the current fish quarantine room

To be progressed

Location agreed, off-show exhibit to be constructed

Complete

Explore different educational and interpretation techniques with the crayfish

To be progressed


Develop interpretation

Summer 2015

Source framing system

Complete

Develop the appropriate husbandry techniques for keeping crayfish

To be progressed

Consult with Paul Bradley from  PBA Applied Ecology

Complete

Awaiting feasibility study results

Complete

Investigate  License requirements in order to be able to obtain and house  crayfish at the WLCPVC

To be progressed


Consult Environment Agency

Complete

Train staff on recommended husbandry techniques

To be progressed


Consult Paul Bradley

Summer 2013

Bristol Zoo

Summer 2014

Hold  a ”Crayfish day” in Discovery room for visitor/child educational/awareness purposes

To be progressed


To be pursued on the successful establishment of  crayfish at the WLCPVC

Summer 2015


In-situ

Develop partnership with the Environment Agency  to survey the Tyersal/Pudsey/Farnley/Wortley Beck  to determine crayfish presence and whether the becks have suitable water quality

Ongoing

Consult  with the Environment Agency

Complete

Survey for macro-invertebrates to determine water quality and absence of crayfish

Complete with suitable macro-invertebrates and water quality

Determine suitability of the beck as a habitat for the eventual trans-location of the crayfish

Ongoing

Survey to be done by the Environment Agency

Complete and suitable habitat

If crayfish establishment approved monitor crayfish establishment in the becks

To be progressed

Survey to be done by Environment Agency, Wildlife & Countryside, WLCP Officer and WLCPVC staff

2015 onwards

Train staff on surveying techniques and obtain relevant licences

2015 onwards



Introduction of white-clawed crayfish in Pudsey Beck

To be progressed

Trapping and introduction by Country Parks Officer and  Environment Agency from suitable site

2015 onwards

Fen Raft Spider

Ex-situ

Research on husbandry and housing of the spider at WLCPVC


To be progressed

Advice sought from Ian Hughes on housing and husbandry  methods

2015 onwards


In-situ

Initial contact made through Ian Hughes and Geoff Oxford


Ongoing research on translocation site – Rodley Nature Reserve

To be progressed

Awaiting response from Geoff Oxford and Ian Hughes about which species is the best for translocation

2014 onwards

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