What is nature recovery?

Nature recovery is a community effort, which means that everyone has a role to play in making it a reality. There are lots of ways in which you can be involved in nature recovery in Hampshire.

What Hampshire County Council is doing

In 2019, the County Council declared a climate change emergency and, following that, published a Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan. This set out a range of strategies, exemplar projects and strategic priorities.

The County Council's work includes:

Actively tree planting as part of our commitment to plant one million trees by 2050. Projects include the Hampshire Forest Partnership

Working with farm clusters and landscape partnerships to re-connect crucial habitats and landscapes. Read about the Martin Down Farmer Cluster

Delivering pollinator projects to schools and parish councils to raise awareness of the importance of planting flowers and plants that attract pollinators. Find out about Hampshire Countryside Service's Pollinator Hub

Working to alleviate ash dieback in the county and to identify and protect resistant trees.

Managing over 3,000 hectares of Hampshire countryside including Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), National Nature Reserves (NNR) and Special Areas of Conservation (SAC). Find out more about Hampshire Countryside Service

The County Council is a member of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Nature Partnership (LNP). A representative of the LNP sits on the Local Nature Recovery Strategy Steering Group.

Hampshire Biodiversity Information Centre (HBIC) is hosted by the County Council

HBIC is funded by a Partnership of more than 25 organisations requiring data and survey. HBIC carries out ecological surveys to assess and monitor nature recovery, including over 4,000 Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation for which it is responsible. It also works with the expert species recording groups and holds over nine million species records.

Data on designated sites, priority habitats and notable species is provided to government agencies, developers, land managers, utilities, local community groups etc. In 2019 the LNP commissioned HBIC to produce a detailed Ecological Network Map for Hampshire which maps international, national and locally designated sites of importance for biodiversity, plus other priority habitats and, importantly, areas identified for habitat restoration or creation. This mapping will contribute to a new Nature Recovery Network Map for Hampshire.

What our partners are doing

Know of any other nature recovery work happening in Hampshire?

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