THE R & A, the world governing body outside of the US and Mexico, has agreed a new partnership with the RSPB to address wildlife conservation and the management of natural habitats at golf courses throughout the UK.
A new position, which has been funded by the R&A, has been created within the UK’s largest nature conservation charity to advise golf clubs on the management of wildlife species and promote best practices to a wide network of golf courses to support their conservation aims.
Marie Athorn, who has a PhD from the University of Nottingham on habitat creation and is an experienced consultant ecologist, joined the RSPB last month to undertake the new role. She will be tasked with:
> Providing direct support to 35 golf courses on conservation management of priority species and habitats
> Creating a golf conservation network to connect golf course managers with ecological specialists
> Delivering a training programme and suite of education resources in order to foster the use of best practice in wildlife conservation by golf course managers
> Promoting and communicating the work undertaken by golf courses with industry stakeholders
Director of Sustainability at the R&A, Steve Isaac, said: “We are working closely with the RSPB to offer valuable support and advice to golf clubs and their course managers for the protection and management of wildlife species and their habitats.
“Golf courses can provide significant opportunities for the conservation of rare and protected species and this new role will help to create educational resources.”