A Living Landscape

To date, wildlife conservation has been focused on protecting small pockets of land for wildlife, such as nature reserves. While nature reserves are important refuges for wildlife, it is becoming increasingly clear that these isolated areas of habitat surrounded by relatively hostile urban, agricultural and industrial landscapes are not enough. Some of our most endangered wildlife requires greater support to survive the many pressures of human activity.

The way forward is nature conservation on a landscape scale; the creation of a Living Landscape. A Living Landscape is a ‘recovery plan for nature’, championed by The Wildlife Trusts since 2006, to help create a resilient and healthy environment rich in wildlife with ecological security for people.

This way of working means that we can achieve so much more for wildlife than simply by trying to keep small populations going on scattered pockets of land.

Advantages of thinking on a landscape scale

  • Wildlife can move between suitable habitats.
  • Reduced isolation between populations, which reduces the chance of local extinction.
  • Buffers against the effects of global warming.

In a Living Landscape... 

  • Wildlife, habitats and ecosystems are recovering from past declines as we use and manage our land in greater harmony with nature.
  • Wildlife and people are adapting to climate change and natural processes are helping to reduce climate impacts.
  • People are inspired by, and engaged in protecting, the wildlife they experience.
  • People recognise the economic and social value of nature and the many ways it improves their quality of life.

In Warwickshire several areas have been identified where landscape scale conservation could make a real and lasting impact.

The following areas are the Trust's priority Living Landscape areas:

  • Avon Valley
  • Arden area, including North Arden, Arden Pastures, Central Arden and West Arden
  • Anker Valley and Cambrian Ridge

Other Living Landscape areas where conservation could make a real and lasting impact include:

  • Feldon Pastures
  • Feldon Parklands
  • Cotswolds Fringe

The Trust is currently working on the following Living Landscape areas:

A Living Landscape

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