Engagement

Firstly, a very big ‘thank you’ to everyone that got involved in the preparation of the Local Nature Recovery Strategy for Hampshire - we have really valued your engagement, passion and expertise, being part of our collective journey to help identify priorities and steer future nature recovery activities across the County.

We were so impressed by the collective need to preserve and improve our local habitats. The last few months have been incredibly busy engaging with our Hampshire stakeholders and communities.

Workshops

Over a nine week period starting at the beginning of January we held a series of 20 workshops - 10 community workshops which were hosted by the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and 10 thematic workshops which were aimed at organisations and specialist groups. Over 450 attendees representing over 100 organisations attended the mix of online and in person sessions.

Please find below some reports from the recently held workshops.

Public survey

In conjunction with the workshops, we launched a public survey which ran for three months to find out the views of Hampshire’s residents and workers about nature recovery - what is important and what should form our strategy.

We were delighted to receive 1500 responses highlighting areas across Hampshire, including Southampton and Portsmouth, which would benefit from nature recovery.

The survey results map

Next Steps

We now have a wealth of information which we will analyse to help shape the draft Local Nature Recovery Strategy for Hampshire. The next milestone in our timeline will be to consult on the draft Strategy in the Summer.