required two Stone-curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus) scrapes, the creation of a chalk butterfly bank and an additional eight chalk scrapes. These habitat scrapes should provide low maintenance nesting sites for stone-curlew, lapwing and other chalk specialist invertebrates.
Having successfully seen growth in population of Stone-curlews within the reserve over the past two years, the charity wishes to extend their successes with the proposition of new man-made scrapes that will further encourage this rare species to Winterbourne Downs in the future.
With a wide range of species across all seasons, including Lapwing’s, Yellowhammer’s and Skylark’s, the continuation of Stone-curlew integration is a key mission of the RSPB. Meaning they required a contractor with the technical ability and experience to construct these new habitats within a fixed timeframe.
In addition to the new scrapes, the RSPB required the creation of a clean chalk butterfly bank that will home chalk butterflies through spring and summer. The S-shape bank sides will need to face all possible directions to ensure the insect’s safety in warm and windy weather.