Living Landscapes

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is working to transform the environment we live in: restoring, recreating and reconnecting wildlife-rich spaces by working in partnership with local communities, landowners, local authorities and other organisations.

We want wildlife to thrive, to disperse and re-colonise our landscape so future generations can encounter, experience and enjoy our natural heritage. And so that we can too.

Across the UK, The Wildlife Trusts now have more than 100 Living Landscape schemes, where nature conservation work is helping to put wildlife back on the map outside our protected nature reserves and with the help of a wide range of partners and communities.

 

What is a Living Landscape?

Living Landscapes are The Wildlife Trusts' vision for the future of the UK.

They are designated areas where the Trusts and partner organisations are engaged in landscape-scale conservation projects to create inter-connected habitats, allowing wildlife to move easily between different areas including formely isolated places rich in biodiversity (see list of projects on the sidebar)

They are a new way of thinking about how we manage land to do more for wildlife, people and the economy. In Living Landscapes:

  • Wildlife is abundant and flourishing, both in the countryside and our towns and cities
  • Whole landscapes and ecosystems have been restored
  • Wildlife is able to move freely through these landscapes and adapt to the effects of climate change;
  • Communities are benefitting fully from the fundamental services that healthy ecosystems provide
  • Everyone has access to wildlife-rich green spaces and can enjoy and be inspired by the natural world.
     

Example 

In the Lincolnshire Wolds the wildflowers and hedgerows of roadside grass verges sustain vibrant ecosystems. They also criss cross the Wolds, connecting different (and otherwise isolated) habitats. Species can move freely through the verges between these connected habitats. This network of nature is the essence of a living landscape. A key aim of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is to work with local communities, landowners and local authorities to enhance and re-create these connections and habitats.  

 

Thinking big – a landscape-scale approach to nature conservation

Wildlife needs room to move, especially in the face of climate change. The nature reserves we manage are unique and special havens, alive with plants, birds, mammals and insects.

But the wider landscape surrounding these sites is often inhospitable to wildlife. Intensive farmland, towns and cities, busy roads and railways, all make it difficult for wildlife to move between safe havens. As a conservation organisation, we have had to think differently about how to protect wildlife in this modern landscape.

Through Living Landscape Schemes, The Wildlife Trusts are joining the dots, making the whole landscape more wildlife-friendly. Linking isolated reserves allows wildlife to move freely, to trickle out through the landscape. Eventually, we hope this will mean we all experience the splendour of nature as part of our daily lives.

And our work doesn't stop at the shoreline. The Wildlife Trusts also have a vision for Living Seas, where wildlife thrives from the depths of the ocean to the coastal shallows.
 

WildWalks - a new way yo record wildlife

Using a simple online mapping tool, WildWalks enables people to create 'walks' across local Living Landscape projects. Users can then record sightings of plants and animals along their 'walks' and help to build up a picture of how work to restore nature is affecting wildlife. 

Find out more about WildWalks

 

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