Nature conservation in the UK traditionally focused on the preservation of specific sites. But to achieve our vision - where wildlife is flourishing and recovering from past decline - we now need to think bigger and longer-term than little oases.
We need Living Landscapes.
Our work begins with a network of core sites: our nature reserves. These are vital sanctuaries managed especially for wildlife to thrive. However wildlife eventually needs to disperse, meaning these cores must be connected by corridors of suitable habitat, such as river valleys, hedgerows or even your very own garden. Acting as wildlife highways, these corridors allow species to travel through areas to find suitable living conditions.
These landscapes of interconnected wild places are what we call Living Landscapes.
In A Living Landscape...
- Wildlife is abundant and flourishing, both in the countryside and our towns and cities - whole landscapes and ecosystems can be restored;
- Wildlife is able to move freely through these landscapes and adapt to the effects of climate change;
- Communities are benefitting fully from the fundamental services that healthy ecosystems provide;
- Everyone has access to wildlife-rich green spaces and can enjoy and be inspired by the natural world.