Protecting wildlife and wild places

Protecting wildlife and wild places

Protecting wildlife and wild places

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust carries out conservation projects all over the county to protect our special landscapes and wildlife.

Living Landscapes schemes - thinking big

To date, wildlife conservation has been focused on protecting small pockets of land for wildlife, such as nature reserves. While nature reserves are important refuges for wildlife, it is becoming increasingly clear that these isolated areas of habitat surrounded by relatively hostile urban, agricultural and industrial landscapes, are not enough. Some of our most endangered wildlife requires greater support to survive the many pressures of human activity.

The way forward is nature conservation on a landscape scale - the creation of a Living Landscape. A Living Landscape is a ‘recovery plan for nature’, championed by The Wildlife Trusts since 2006, to help create a resilient and healthy environment rich in wildlife with ecological security for people.

Read more about our Living Landscape vision and our four Living Landscape schemes: the Churnet Valley Living Landscape projectTransforming the Trent Valley Living Landscape projectSouth West Peak Partnership  and Stoke and urban Newcastle Living Landscape

The Trust's strategy sets out our plans between 2017-2020. Click on the link below to download. 

Strategy 2017-2018

Our Living Landscape Vision

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Wildflower meadow

Churnet Valley Living Landscape

The Churnet Valley Living Landscape project was a four-year scheme that aimed to conserve, enhance and celebrate the spectacular natural and built heritage of this area.

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Transforming the Trent Valley Landscape Partnership

Transforming the Trent Valley Landscape Partnership

The striking landscape of the Trent Valley, along with its archaeological and industrial heritage and important wetland habitats, are set to benefit from the first stage of a £3 million project.

South West Peak

South West Peak Partnership

The South West Peak Landscape Partnership is a group of organisations including Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, working to restore, protect, and improve the landscape of the South West Peak. With the Peak District National Park Authority as lead partner and with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund this 5-year scheme (with benefits reaching far beyond that time) will work with local communities to build stronger connections with the landscape and with each other. The Partnership aims to enhance ecosystem services, the benefits we all get from the natural environment, and support sustainable farming in the area.

Stoke and Urban Newcastle

Credit: Adele Clarke 

Stoke-on-Trent and urban Newcastle Living Landscape

Over the last decade, initiatives such as Stoke-on-Trent City Council's Greening for Growth programme worked to link and improve the green areas of Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-Under-Lyme. Since these  initiatives have come to an end, the local councils, together with the Forestry Commission, Natural England and the Environment Agency and later charities including Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, the Canal and River Trust and Woodland Trust have worked to keep the momentum going under the title of the Natural Assets group.

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Ongoing conservation work

Stafforshire Wildlife Trust is also currently working on a number of conservation projects within Living Landscape areas around the county to safeguard threatened species and create or restore wildlife habitats. 

Here is a selection of our current work:

Protecting the native white-clawed crayfish

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Credit: Andy Kirkland


Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has published and commissioned a number of publications relating to its work protecting wildlife and wild places. You can read them here