Banded demoiselle: Vicky Nall
We have a vision for a Living Landscape for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire - an area richer in wildlife delivering benefits for the community and protecting wildlife from the damaging effects of development, pollution, unsympathetic land management and climate change. We will contribute to this aspiration in a number of ways, including:
- Prioritising our resources in four Living Landscape schemes while being alert to opportunities elsewhere
- Pursuing opportunities to expand and connect nature reserves and other sites of value for wildlife
- Investing in nature reserve management to ensure they are of the highest possible quality
- Engaging with other landowners to safeguard wildlife beyond our nature reserves, with special focus on Local Wildlife Sites
- Acquiring sites of value for wildlife
- Increase our engagement work with local communities, especially in or adjacent to Living Landscape scheme areas to show local people the benefits of a healthy natural environment and its relevance to their lives, generate more support for our work and reduce negative impacts on nature reserves
- Inspiring people to volunteer for the Trust
- Providing formal education services to schools in a financially viable way
- Focusing our work with local authority planners where the greatest outcomes for wildlife can be secured or most significant impacts prevented
As a general principle the Wildlife Trust will seek to work in partnership to achieve Trust’s objectives and seek to influence the activities of others to make the biggest difference for wildlife.
We will focus on four Living Landscape schemes
We will invest in our 128 nature reserves and improve our nature reserve management and enhance visitor access and experience at suitable sites.
We will increase our support for the Local Wildlife Site network and provide advice on wildlife to farmers and landowners. We will do all we can engage strategically with the planning system and support Local Records Centres.
Education and community engagement
We will increase the amount of community engagement that we do and expand our children's club - Wildlife Watch - and provide experiences for school-age children as part of our community engagement work, and explore other activities such as schools grounds advice and teacher training.
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