Mapping out Staffordshire’s Nature Recovery Network

The county’s largest nature conservation charity is spearheading a pioneering approach to help wildlife recover and halt biodiversity loss in Staffordshire.

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is working towards a ‘Nature Recovery Network’ in the county through the creation of a joined up system of ‘wild’ places from local all the way to a national level.

A successful network will enable improved connections for wildlife, allowing plants, animals, nutrients and water to move from place to place and will bring wildlife closer to people.

Building the Nature Recovery Network requires detailed information such as where wildlife is abundant or scarce, where it should be in future, which places are most important and where there is opportunity for positive change. This would be done via local nature recovery maps, which would identify areas where the greatest benefit for wildlife and people can be achieved.

The maps would show where The Trust's resources are best directed and where the charity should be setting up new project areas, targeting species reintroductions, and creating or enhancing habitats. Maps like this could be also be used by, and developed with, farmers, housing developers, planners, conservation groups to guide habitat creation.

These maps will become the driving force behind the charity’s future conservation work.

It is also hoped the Nature Recovery Network would be part of any future Environment Act, which all Wildlife Trusts across the country are advocating through the ‘Campaign for a Wilder Future’ initiative. All Trusts, including Staffordshire, have been lobbying MPs to make sure wildlife and nature recovery is on their agendas and to ensure a Wilder Staffordshire.

The act would focus on nature’s recovery and rebuilding society’s connection to the natural world.

Rory Middleton, Ecological Data Officer for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, said: “We need to ensure we are working from the best possible evidence base and that our objectives meet with local, regional and national objectives.

“To do that, we believe a Nature Recovery Network is vital.

“We need to create a Nature Recovery Network that extends into every part of our towns, cities and countryside, bringing wildlife and the benefits of a healthy natural world into every part of life. Letting flowers bloom along road verges, installing green roofs across city skylines, planting more street trees to give people shady walks in the summer, encouraging whole communities to garden for wild plants and animals.”

Find out more here about how creating a Nature Recovery Network is part of our Wilder Future campaign; a movement to protect the future of Staffordshire's Wildlife and wild places that are under threat.