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Wiltshire and Swindon Local Nature Recovery Strategy

Introducing the Wiltshire and Swindon Local Nature Recovery Strategy (LNRS): a roadmap designed to guide nature recovery initiatives throughout Wiltshire.

Wiltshire and Swindon Local Nature Recovery Strategy (LNRS) is currently being developed to guide nature recovery initiatives throughout Wiltshire.

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If you haven't done so already, please subscribe to our mailing list to ensure you get future LNRS updates and event invitations straight to your inbox. Sign up using the link below, specifying what your interest in the LNRS is so we can ensure you get the relevant updates. 

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What the Local Nature Recovery Strategy is

Local Nature Recovery Strategies (LNRS) are a mechanism to deliver recovery at a local and regional scale as introduced in the legislation.gov.uk: Environment Act 2021 - Local nature recovery strategies Section 106 (opens new window). The Wiltshire and Swindon Local Nature Recovery Strategy will consist of a document containing biodiversity priorities and a habitat map which will inform and guide nature recovery across Wiltshire.

The Local Nature Recovery Strategy will:

  • agree priorities for nature's recovery
  • map the most valuable existing areas for nature
  • map specific proposals for creating or improving habitat for nature and wider environmental goals

For further information, read GOV.UK: Policy paper - Local nature recovery strategies (opens new window).

Why the Local Nature Recovery Strategy is needed

The UK's wildlife is continuing to decline, with the State of Nature (opens new window), a comprehensive report on UK wildlife, showing that the species studied have, on average, declined by 19% in the UK since monitoring began in 1970. Great Britain is one of the most nature depleted countries in the world with nearly one in six species threatened with extinction.

Much of this decline is due to the intensification of human land use. This has led to natural and semi-natural habitats being degraded and fragmented which, alongside climate change is resulting in a loss of biodiversity.

By mapping where important habitats can be conserved, restored and connected, Wiltshire and Swindon's Local Nature Recovery Strategy will allow effort and funding to be funnelled into the most important areas, supporting Nature Recovery across the landscape. Wiltshire and Swindon's Local Nature Recovery Strategy can also help to achieve the multiple environmental benefits that nature brings to people, such as: clean air and water, reduced flood risk and socio-economic benefits such tourism or green prescribing.

To see how we are breaking Wiltshire up  for the LNRS please refer to our Area descriptions for the Local Nature Recovery Strategy (opens new window). This work was informed by a Wildlife Trust document Landscape Biodiversity Areas: A landscape-scale framework for conservation in Wiltshire and Swindon (opens new window).

User testing

User testing was conducted in February 2024, these events were designed to gain an understanding of how various audience groups needed to use the LNRS within their sectors of work so the LNRS could be designed to fit needs and ensure better uptake of its recommendations.

 Please read the   Report of Usability Testing (Word doc) [206KB] (opens new window) to see the outcomes of this.

Long listing

Events

During March 2024, three in person workshops were run to gather different priorities for nature recovery across Wiltshire.

There were 159 attendees over the three events.

Online survey

Alongside the in-person Longlist events, an online survey was run between 7 March and 31 March to continue to capture ideas for nature recovery from a wider audience.

There were 276 responses to the survey.

Consolidation

Work has taken place to consolidate the outputs from these events and the survey, merging these with priorities and measures in pre-existing strategies, such as river catchment strategies.

Read the LNRS Longlisting Methodology May 2024 (OpenDocument text format) [18MB] (opens new window)  to learn more about the Longlisting methodology and main themes from the Longlisting outputs.

Shortlisting

Shortlisting is being completed by a shortlisting working group and a species specialist group. Their outputs will then be viewed by a validation group of those who know the area well to check outcomes. Shortlisting is taking place throughout May and June 2024.

Mapping

A contractor able to undertake the complex work required to model "areas that could become of importance to nature recovery" according to the priorities and measures shortlisted, were appointed in May 2024.

Give your feedback on LNRS mapping

Priorities and measures developed and refined from suggestions gathered at various stakeholder engagement opportunities and events since early 2024 are currently being mapped.

Initial mapping drafts are now being applied to the whole of Wiltshire and Swindon. Once initial mapping drafts have been applied to the whole area, we want to hear your feedback on what we've done so far to improve our map and to help us identify further opportunities, where appropriate.

We will be running an online mapping feedback survey which will go live on the 22 July 2024, and two webinars, one for the public and one specifically for farmers and landowners.

These webinars will give you the chance to learn more about the LNRS map (developed from suggestions shared through various stakeholder opportunities), how you can give your feedback on the map formally via our survey, as well as offer space for a Q&A.

Register your place on a LNRS webinar
WebinarDateTimeBooking link
LNRS Mapping Feedback Webinar - For farmers and landownersTuesday 23 July7am to 8.30am

(you can join up to 15 minutes before the start time)

Booking form: LNRS Mapping Feedback Webinar: For Farmers and Landowners 23 July 2024 (opens new window)
LNRS Mapping Feedback Webinar - Open to all

 

Thursday 25 July6pm to 7.30pm

(you can join up to 15 minutes before the start time)

Booking form: LNRS Mapping Feedback Webinar: For Farmers and Landowners 23 July 2024 (opens new window)

LNRS Mapping Feedback Survey

Feedback on the LNRS map can be given via our online survey at any time between Monday 22 July 2024 and Friday 9 August 2024. If you have already signed up to our LNRS mailing list, the survey link together with the draft mapping, will be circulated to you via email on 22 July. The links to the mapping and survey will also be available on this page from that date.

Democratic processes and sign-off

After ground truthing events and the writing of the strategy, the project moves into democratic sign off processes. This will consist of:

  • Supporting authority sign offs - Swindon Borough Council and The New Forest National Protected Area will comment and sign off the LNRS
  • Formal Public Consultation -formal consultation process to the public on the LNRS
  • Natural England copy - the consultation copy of the LNRS will go to Natural England for their comments
  • Council Sign-off - the LNRS will go through the Environment Select Committee, Cabinet and then to Full Council to sign off on council adoption of the LNRS
  • Fully adopted LNRS sent to DEFRA

More details on these steps will be provided as we undertake them.

Please email localnaturerecoverystrategy@wiltshire.gov.uk (opens new window) if you have any queries related to this work.

Wiltshire and Swindon's LNRS Governance

We have set up and appointed members to an oversight, and steering group who meet on a regular basis.

Oversight Group
RoleAppointee
Wiltshire Council representativeRachel Jones
Swindon representativeDes Hobson
New Forest National Park AuthorityPaul Walton
LNRS LeadAlison Levy
NE representativeCharles Routh
Steering group
RoleAppointee
A local authority representative Alison Levy
DEFRA family representative Charles Routh
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust representative on behalf of other eNGOsChelsie Fuge
River Catchment representativeAlex Deacon
Farming Consultancy representativeSimon Smart
Protected LandscapesSimon Smith
GIS representativeJon Isherwood
Neighbourhood planning representativeAndrea Pellegram

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