Living Landscapes

Living Landscapes

We’re thinking big!

Godmanchester Nature Reserve

Bigger, better, joined up

Nature conservation in the UK has traditionally focused on the preservation of specific sites. But outside these few places, natural habitats have been lost on an unprecedented scale and many species, both common and rare, are in long-term decline. Living Landscapes connect these smaller sites together in a bigger, more joined up area helping wildlife to move freely through the countryside without barriers and improving biodiversity. 

Over the last 6000 years people have continually changed the landscape. The first farmers replaced the ancient wildwood with pasture and heath. More recently urbanisation and agricultural intensification have changed the land again. These recent changes in particular have had a huge impact on wildlife.

The work of the Wildlife Trust is the work of time and space. We create and manage Living Landscapes that contain remnants of ancient woodland, heathlands, wetlands, traditional meadows, farmland and modern housing developments. We act as a bridge through time, connecting habitats so that wildlife and people can thrive. 

Living Landscapes use wildlife corridors that connect smaller sites together. These wildlife corridors include roadside verges, hedgerows, field margins, rivers, streams and other natural connectors. Living Landscapes are natural networks allowing wildlife to travel from site to site.