Our work on land

Our work on land

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 a Nature Recovery Network.

Our work begins with a network of core sites: our nature reserves. These are vital sanctuaries managed especially for wildlife to thrive.

We use our expertise to influence and advise landowners, farmers and councils on how to practically look after their land in the best way possible. Planting trees, reseeding wildflower meadows and reintroducing species plants and animals are just some of the ways we help each and every day. Working in collaboration with landowners means we're able to protect huge swathes of land across the region.

Cheshire Wildlife Trust also defends wildlife against unsustainable developments by responding to hundreds planning applications each year, as well as lobbying the government to stop and rethink HS2.

Doing all this across our region whilst working in collaboration with neighbouring Wildlife Trusts, we're in the unique position to be able to create the large scale networks needed for nature's recovery.

In a Nature Recovery Network...

  • Wildlife is abundant and flourishing, both in the countryside and our towns and cities - whole landscapes and ecosystems are restored;
  • Plants, animals, seeds, nutrients and water can move from place to place, enabling the natural world to adapt to change; 
  • Our plants and animals have places to live, feed and breed;
  • Communities benefit fully from the fundamental services that healthy ecosystems provide;
  • Wildlife is in every neighbourhood, providing fairer access to nature for people. Studies have shown the benefits of living close to nature, but many people are deprived of these benefits.

What are we doing for different areas?

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Meres and Mosses

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Round-leaved sundew c. Mark Hamblin/2020VISION

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Woodland

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Wood anemone c. Mark Hamblin/2020VISION

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Heathland

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Cleaver Heath c. Andrew Walmsley

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Upland

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Trentabank Reservoir c. George Bayode

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Grasslands

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Grassland c. Andy Rouse/2020VISION