It’s time to think Big…
“We are identifying key areas to protect for wildlife, enlarging, improving and joining them up across the UK: on nature reserves, in towns and cities, and in partnership with hundreds of other land-owners. There are now more than 100 Living Landscape schemes around the UK.” – Wildlifetrusts.org
Find out more about national schemes visit the wildlifetrusts.org here
In our region the North East Wildlife Trusts (Durham, Northumberland and Tees Valley) have worked together to produce a map to show where there are opportunities to deliver Living Landscape schemes. From the Scottish Borders to the Cleveland Hills, the Wear Valley to the Durham Coast, the North East Wildlife Trusts are delivering and developing projects that will make a real difference across our region.
Durham Wildlife Trust is currently delivering two Living Landscapes projects:
Heart of Durham – Based around the fringe of the North Pennines, stretching from Derwent Reservoir in the north to Hamsterley Forest in the south, Heart of Durham is a partnership project with Northumbrian Water Limited. Heart of Durham will benefit a wide range of species and habitats, but the inspiration for the project was the small pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly, which is threatened with extinction in the DWT area. To save the small pearl we need to restore the landscape across a large area, a goal that will take many years to achieve. To find out more click here.
Limestone Landscapes – Durham County Council is leading a partnership of organisations, including Durham Wildlife Trust, to deliver an ambitious and wide ranging project across the magnesian limestone area of east Durham. The project, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, will deliver benefits for wildlife and provide opportunities for people to learn about the history, culture and natural environment of the magnesian limestone. Further information can be found here . As a partner within the project, DWT hopes to realise its Living Landscape vision for the Durham Coast and Cassop to Kelloeareas by working with organisations such as Durham County Council and Natural England to deliver Limestone Landscapes.