Roughlee Habitats Report

In late 2017, Roughlee Parish Council commissioned John Lamb, Senior Conservation Officer (Lancashire) at The Lancashire Wildlife Trust to survey and assess the flora and fauna within the village.

The Wildlife Trust was commissioned to:

  • Carry out an assessment, or interpretation, of the results of the Phase 1 Habitat Surveys, putting them into plain English so that Councillors and parishioners can more easily understand what it all means, including a comparison between the 1988 and 2016 surveys to see how things have changed over the past 28 years.
  • Purchase the biological records held by the Lancashire Environment Record Network (LERN) and summarise them into the numbers of different species of animals, plants and fungi that have been recorded in the parish over the years, including check lists and highlighting species that are notable or noteworthy.

You can download the full original report by clicking here, or explore the main contents online:

  1. Introduction: Why are habitats so important?
  2. An assessment of the results of the Phase 1 habitat surveys carried out in 1988 and 2016
  3. A summary of the fauna, flora and fungi recorded in Roughlee Village
  4. Important sites for wildlife in Roughlee
  5. Month-by-month Wildlife Calendar
  6. Calendar of national and international wildlife days, weeks and events
  7. Wild food calendar for some of the plants found in Roughlee
  8. Checklist for Amphibians and Fish in Roughlee
  9. Checklist for Birds in Roughlee
  10. Checklist for Mammals in Roughlee

About The Wildlife Trust

The Wildlife Trust is a charity and non-profit making organisation dedicated to protecting wildlife and natural habitats throughout Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside (north of the Mersey). It is one of 47 independent charities that together form a national partnership, The Wildlife Trusts – the largest voluntary body in the UK concerned with all aspects of wildlife. Established by volunteers in 1962, the Wildlife Trust is governed by a voluntary council elected by its membership of nearly 30,000. On a day to day basis work is undertaken by a team of over 160 staff, headed by a Chief Executive, who work closely with volunteers in every area of activity. The Trust’s headquarters is based at The Barn in Cuerden Valley Park, a 243 hectare (600 acre) country park south of Preston. Other staff are based at the Trust’s centres in Bolton, Burnley, Heysham, Mere Sands Wood (West Lancashire), Brockholes (Preston), Seaforth (Liverpool) and Wigan.

The Trust’s vision is “to create a region richer in wildlife for all to enjoy. Keeping nature at the heart of everything we do”.

Mr. John Lamb is one of five regional conservation officers employed by the Trust with Mr. Lamb being the Senior Conservation Officer (Lancashire). Mr. Lamb has a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Environmental Biology and a M.Sc. in Landscape Ecology, Design and Maintenance. He is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).

The duties of Conservation Officer include the following areas of work:

  • Providing information and advice to land managers, Trust members and members of the public including leading walks, training courses and educational materials and literature;
  • Commenting on strategic documentation, planning applications, reviews of local plans and other documents in East Lancashire;
  • Undertaking ecological survey and advisory work, normally on a consultancy basis, both in East Lancashire and elsewhere in the Trust’s area;
  • Representing the Trust at meetings of various partnerships and initiatives; and
  • Auditing the management systems and their implementation for companies that apply for The Wildlife Trust’s Biodiversity Benchmark, see

The Trust is a charity registered as The Lancashire Wildlife Trust (Charity No. 229325) and a Company limited by guarantee registered as The Lancashire Wildlife Trust Ltd (No. 731548), VAT No. 265 7548 65. The registered office is at The Barn, Berkeley Drive, Bamber Bridge, Preston, Lancashire PR5 6BY

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