Little is known about the extent and condition of traditional orchards in England and Wales and gaining local knowledge and making contacts with local orchard owners is vital to the success of the project.
In order to raise awareness of traditional orchards and their importance to wildlife, we attend apple days, local fairs and shows and a questionnaire has been developed to establish the type and extent of management and of use of the orchards.
We have produced a colourful guide to managing traditional orchards for wildlife and we provide advice and information on sympathetic, traditional orchard management, in particular with regard to the conservation of BAP species, such as the noble chafer beetle.
If you are an orchard owner in England and would like to help us with our work, completing an English orchard owners’ questionnaire will help us to understand how owners manage and value their orchards. If you are an orchard owner in Wales please complete a Welsh orchard owner’s questionnaire.