What is a Nature Recovery Network?

This is a joined-up map of places – habitats - which are important for wild plants and animals. It’s a map of both the places where wildlife lives now and where wildlife ought to be. It identifies the places we must save and those we must restore if wildlife is to thrive. We are asking politicians to put in place a network of local maps, that create and join up wildlife-rich places - and to put these at the heart of plans for housing, roads and how land is used.

The creation of this network would be supported by the proposed new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS), and form the basis of government targets for increasing the extent and quality of natural habitats.

How would an Environment Act help in Wiltshire?

  1. Create new wild areas and wildlife corridors across the county
  2. Keep Wiltshire’s existing wildlife sites safe from harm
  3. Improve people’s access to nature, especially in towns and cities
  4. Improve air and water quality
  5. Reduce emissions that are contributing to climate change
  6. Protect people’s rights to a healthy natural environment
  7. Avoid the degradation of environmental protection laws.

Why do we need wildlife and healthy ecosystems?

Our natural world is valuable in its own right and is the foundation of our wellbeing - we depend on it and it depends on us. Without a healthy natural world, the survival of humanity is at stake. By creating more space for nature, we can create a better world for people and wildlife.

What is Wiltshire Wildlife Trust doing about the problem?
We act to mitigate climate change and manage our reserves for wildlife and people’s health and wellbeing, in a number of ways:

  • By specifically managing our reserves as vital habitats for species, where they can roam, nest, find food, mate and safely bring up their young
  • By reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and energy use
  • By generating renewable energy through our community-run energy company, Wiltshire Wildlife Community Energy (WWCE)
  • By reverting arable land to chalk downland which supports a myriad of wildflower species
  • By improving river habitats to deliver better flood management, water quality and public access
  • By offering wildlife-friendly garden design through our Wild Landscapes service
  • By making our reserves accessible and well signposted, to ensure people starved of contact with nature can enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits of a closer connection