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Local Nature Recovery Strategies

The Local Nature Recovery Strategy Group is a new Link group seeking to reverse the decline of nature in England. Local Nature Recovery Strategies will be rolled out across England in 2022. We are working to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the five 2022/21 pilots set up to test the process, with the aim of ensuring that the final guidelines and regulations will enable local authorities to develop successful strategies.

Link: Bruce Winney, Policy Officer

Update from the group:

We have had conversations with individuals involved in all five LNRS pilots (Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Northumberland) to understand their contrasting experiences. This allowed us to focus on a number of areas of concern that formed a framework for examining the outputs from the pilots.

The pilots submitted their reports (a statement of biodiversity priorities and a habitat map) at the end of May 2021. We had access to all of them and prepared a more detailed briefing, which complements Defra's 'lessons learned'. We have shared this with both Natural England and Defra and it is aiding our response to the LNRS consultation, which we will be submitting soon (the deadline is 2nd November).

For further information, contact Bruce Winney, Link’s Policy Officer.

Last updated: 27th October 2021