Natural Networks

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Natural Networks is an exciting new opportunity for landowners, organisations and communities across Worcestershire to take action and enhance their land for wildlife.

We have a diverse range of wildlife-rich habitats across our beautiful county – from wetlands and woodlands to meadows and orchards. With the ever-increasing pressure of development, however, it is important to ensure that these biodiversity hotspots are connected and safeguarded – the development of a natural network of wildlife corridors is vital.

Our Natural Networks scheme could enable your land to play its part in this revitalised landscape. We are tasked with creating or enhancing 44 hectares of habitat and remediating one hectare of contaminated land; this is an area of land equivalent in size to 45 international rugby pitches. The land can be linear, like watercourses or road verges, or parcels of land such as millennium greens and open space on business estates or town parks.

It’s a great opportunity to deliver habitat improvements for wildlife on land that isn’t covered by other environmental grant schemes.

The scheme is a three-year partnership between Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and Worcestershire County Council and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). 

We have two officers who will focus on collecting baseline ecological information, providing management recommendations for habitat enhancement projects and helping to guide applicants through the ERDF grant application process. The County Council will manage the scheme, lead on reporting to the funders and help to promote Natural Networks to as many audiences as possible.

If you’re interested in getting involved, take a look at our What do I need to know? page to discover more about your first steps.