Local visions

Listed below is the full list of local visions that we are aware of. This is a snapshot of what is going on across the country and should help to give an idea of the scope and diversity of work being undertaken.

50 Year Wildlife Vision for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Biodiversity is of high importance and integral to environmental sustainability, habitats and species protected and managed within changing climate and growing human population, habitats and species increasing within natural ranges, biodiversity valued and enjoyed

Partners: The Biodiversity Partnership for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough includes all the local authorities, Natural England, the Environment Agency, RSPB, the Wildlife Trust and Anglian Water

Contacts: Laura Watson and Sian Williams, Biodiversity Partnership for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, c/o The Wildlife Trust, The Manor House, Broad Street, Great Cambourne, Cambridge, CB23 6DH email: biodiversitypartnership@wildlifebcnp.org, tel: 01954 713530

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A Vision for the River Ribble

The Ribble Basin is a place where people work together to protect and improve the water environment for everyone. We want the Ribble Basin to reach its full potential as a healthy environment, which will support economic growth and improve social wellbeing for present and future generations

Partners: WWF, Environment Agency, Ribble Stakeholder Forum

Contacts: Email: nwcentral@environment-agency.gov.uk

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Bassenthwaite Lake Restoration Programme

The Lake District Still Waters Partnership is taking action on the threats to Bassenthwaite Lake. We want the water in the lake to be as clean and clear as it was in the 1940s.

Partners: Lake District National Park Authority, Environment Agency, Natural England, The National Trust, Forestry Commision, Rural Development Service, United Utilities, Heritage Lottery Fund

Contacts: Environment Agency, Ghyll Mount, 40 Penrith Business Park, Gillan Way, Penrith CA11 9BP. Email: michelle.donoghue@environment-agency.gov.uk

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Brookwood Lye - Waterways for Watervoles

Wet grassland restoration project at Brookwood Lye Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI) aims to enhance this rare and threatened habitat for the benefit of water voles and other aquatic species.

Partners: Surry Wildlife Trust, Thames Water, Woking Borough Council Bernard Sunley Charitable Trust

Contacts: Dave Williams, Mammal Officer, Surrey Wildlife Trust, phone: 01483 795454, email: dave.williams@surreywt.org.uk Or Rachael O'Hara, Reserves Officer for West Surrey, Surrey Wildlife Trust, School Lane, Pirbright, Woking, Surrey, GU24 0JN, phone: 01483 795452

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Cayton and Flixton Carrs Wetland Project

To rehabilitate a nationally-important wetland landscape through sensitive farm management, making a richer place for wildlife and more attractive and accessible for all.

Partners: Natural England, RSPB, Environment Agency, Scarborough Borough Council, North Yorkshire County Council

Contacts: Tim Burkinshaw, Project Officer, Parks and Countryside Services, Scarborough Borough Council, Manor Road Nurseries, Manor Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO12 7RY, Tel: 01723 374079, email: tim.burkinshaw@scarborough.gov.uk

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Cheshire ECOnet

A strategic long-term vision for the delivery of nature conservation, political and social acceptance for expanded and linked areas for wildlife, framework for land use and biodiversity planning; focus for targeting existing funds; joined-up working

Partners: Cheshire County Council, Natural England, United Utilities, Environment Agency, University of Reading, Sustainability Northwest, University of Salford, Liverpool John Moores University

Contacts: Alun Evans, Leader Natural Environment, Environmental Planning, Cheshire County Council, Backford Hall, Backford, Chester, CH1 6PZ. Tel: +44 (0) 1244 603177, Email: Alun.Evans@cheshire.gov.uk

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Chilterns Chalk Streams Project

The Chalk Streams Project aims to conserve and enhance all major chalk streams in the Chilterns AONB and to encourage enjoyment and understanding of themm by: raising awareness of the importance and the need to conserve them; Giving advice to landowners and managers on riverside management; Practical conservation; surveys to assess the quality of habitats and locate rare species; Providing education resources for schools; Improving physical access where appropriate

Partners: Countryside Agency, Natural England, Environment Agency, Chiltern Society, Chiltern District Council, Buckinghamshire County Council, Dacorum District Council, Hertfordshire County Council, South Bucks District Council, Wycombe District Council, St Albans City and District Council, Thames Water, Three Valleys Water, Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust

Contacts: Chilterns Conservation Board email: c/o the Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service, Navigation Warehouse, Riverhead Road, Louth, Lincolnshire LN11 0DA. Tel: 01507 609740. Email: aonb@lincolnshire.gov.uk

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Cotswold Water Park Vision

The vision aims to deliver one of England’s top wildlife sites nationally and internationally by restoring and recreating 14 miles of wetland landscape, a mosaic of lakes, rivers, flood meadows and reedbeds. It will provide an attractive landscape for wildlife to prosper, encourage leisure pursuits and improve the quality of life for both local communities and visitors alike.

Partners: CWP Nature Conservation Forum; Cotswold Water Park Trust, RSPB, Natural England, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust,Environment Agency, Wiltshire Ornithological Society, Gloucestershire County Council, Wiltshire Council, Cotswold District Council,Swindon Borough Council.

Contacts: Gareth Harris, Biodiversity Officer, Cotswold Water Park Trust, Cotswold House, Manor Farm, Down Ampney, Cirencester GL7 5QF, telephone: 01793 752413 / 752730 email: gareth.harris@waterpark.org

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East Midlands Strategic River Corridors Initiative

Vision: To bring a holistic approach to the management and enhancement of the natural, cultural and historic environment of the region's strategic river corridors and their regeneration and economic development to the benefit of people, wildlife, landscape, townscape and the management of flood risk.

Partners: East Midlands Regional Assembly

Contacts: East Midlands Regional Assembly, First Floor, Council Offices, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, East Midlands, LE13 0UL, Tel: 01664 502555

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East of England Biodiversity Mapping Project

Partners: The East of England Biodiversity Forum: Beds, Cambs & Peterborough, Essex, Herts, Norfolk and Suffolk Local Biodiversity Partnerships; Anglia Water; Countryside Agency; Defra; East of England Biological Record Centre Forum; East of England Environment Forum; East of England Landscape Forum; East of England Regional Assembly; Natural England; Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group; Forestry Commission; Government Office for the East of England; National Farmers Union; RSPB and Wildlife Trusts

Contacts: Catherine Weightman Senior Advisor Landscape Scale Delivery Unit Natural England Touthill Close 3rd Floor City Road Peterborough PE11XN Tel:03000600114 Mob:07796 938198

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Gaywood Valley Restoration Project

A vision to restore the Leziate, Sugar and Derby Fens SSSI, link its fragemented sections, and secure creation of new habitats in the Gaywood Valley as a significant contribution to wetland and heathland habitat Biodiversity Action Plan Targets.

Partners: King's Lynn Internal Drainage Board, Defra, Natural England, Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council, working with Fen Trustees and Landowners

Contacts: Lou Mayer, Conservation Officer, Water Management Alliance, Kettlewell House, Austin Fields Industrial Estate, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1PH. Tel: 01553 669500 Fax: 01553 669550 Email: lou@wlma.org.uk

Web site: No web site available.

Landscapes for Living

A 50 Year vision for biodiversity for the West Midlands focussing on development of landscape scale approach to restoring and enhancing biodiversity.

Partners: West Midlands Biodiversity Partnership, Natural England, NFU, Forestry Commission, the Wildlife Trusts and the Environment Agency

Contacts: Colin Raven Director Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, email colin@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org

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Lapwing Landscapes

We will double the breeding wader population in the Upper Thames River Valleys area within ten years, establishing one of the most important inland locations for breeding waders in central and southern England. This will primarily be achieved by securing extensive high quality wet grassland re-creation, re-storation and management financed by HLS agreements, and supported by a twin track of approach of policy integration and wider communty involvement.

Partners: RSPB, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT), Natural England, Environment Agency, Lower Windrush Valley Project, Oxford Nature Conservation Forum, and supported by Environment Agency, Cherwell District Council, Biffaward and the Waterways Trust.

Contacts: Lapwing Landscapes Project Officer, RSPB Otmoor Nature Reserve, c/o Folly Farm, Common Road, Beckley, Oxford, OX3 9UR Tel: 01865 351163 Email: charlotte.kinnear@rspb.org.uk

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Lincolnshire's Coastal Grazing Marsh: A vision for the future

The Lincolnshire Coastal Grazing Marshes will once again be a mosaic of grasslands, rich in wildlife, intersected by a distinctive pattern of water courses. Within this landscape, both arable and pastoral farming will thrive and communities will have a high quality of life. Improved access will provide opportunities for local people and visitors to experience the natural and historic environment, helping to develop and sustain a vibrant rural economy all year round.

Partners: Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, East Lindsey District Council, English Heritage, Environment Agency, FWAG, Lincolnshire County Council, Lindsey Marsh Drainage Board and Natural England

Contacts: Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Banovallum House, Manor House Street, Horncastle, LN9 5HF, Tel:01507 526667, Email: info@lincstrust.co.uk

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Lower Aire Valley Vision

Restore and create 900 ha of important wildlife habitat, build a flagship energy-efficient visitor centre at the heart of the valley, enable people of all ages to discover the wonders of wildlife and provide a focus for the use of renewable energy

Partners: RSPB, Leeds City Council, UK Coal Mining Ltd

Contacts: Joanne Gilkes, Lower Aire Valley Project Manager, The RSPB, North West England Regional Office, Westleigh Mews, Wakefield Road, Denby Dale, Huddersfield, HD8 8QD Tel: 01484 861148, e-mail joanne.gilkes@rspb.org.uk

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MAP: Multi-agency Project to Achieve Favourable Condition on the Somerset Levels & Moors

The aim of this Action Plan is to bring 95% of the Somerset Levels and Moors SSSI land into favourable condition by 2010.

Partners: Natural England, Environment Agency and Independent Drainage Boards

Contacts: Stephen Parker, Natural England Advisor, phone: 01823 285538, email: stephen.parker@naturalengland.org.uk

Web site: No web site available.

Meres and Mosses Project

Aims and objectives: To contribute to the continuing condition improvements; raise the awareness of new agri-env schemes; reduce diffuse pollution; encourage participation on new schemes particularly HLS; provide ongoing support to farmers in schemes; advise farmers on nutrient management and cross compliance; provide a service for carrying out Whole Farm Environmental Plans. As a result, the project will improve the condition of associated wetland habitats and species within South 44 Area.

Partners: FWAG, Natural England, Environment Agency

Contacts: Meres and Mosses Project Officer, FWAG – Andrew Penton, Cheshire College of Agriculture, Reaseheath, Nantwich, CW5 6DF, Tel: 01270 627938

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Needingworth Wetland Project

Hanson Aggregates and RSPB are working to create an exciting new nature reserve at Needingworth Quarry, to restore a working sand and gravel quarry to a vast nature reserve with extensive reedbeds, open water and grassland.

Partners: Hanson, RSPB, Cambridge County Council

Contacts: RSPB Eastern England Regional Office, Stalham House, 65 Thorpe Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1UD. Tel: 01603 660066

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Norfolk Broads

An unrivalled wetland ecosystem of international natural and cultural importance, with a landscape that: comprises a mosaic of interconnecting rivers and shallow lakes, fens, marshes, wet woodlands, mud-flats and coastal dunes; supports a wealth of wildlife; and reflects historic patterns of human activity over many hundreds of years.

Partners: Broads Authority, Natural England, Environment Agency, RSPB, National Trust, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Broadland Environmental Services Ltd, Water Management Alliance

Contacts: Andrea Kelly, Head of Conservation, Broads Authority, Dragonfly House, 2 Gilders Way, Norwich, NR3 1UB Tel: +44 (0)1603 756015 Fax: +44(0) 1603 756069

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Oxfordshire Wildlife and Landscape Study (OWLS)

The aim of the project was to explore the relationship between landscape character and biodiversity and to produce a strategic framework for decision making by a wide range of stakeholders including local authorities and other statutory organisations.

Partners: Oxfordshire County Council, Natural England, The Northmoor Trust

Contacts: Email: owls@oxfordshire.gov.uk

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Parrett Catchment Project

The Parett Catchment Project’s twelve components have been divided into themed areas, which involve changes to rural land, water management and urban development as well as awareness raising.

Partners: Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium, Somerset County Council, National Farmers’ Union, Sedgemoor District Council, Environment Agency, South Somerset District Council, Taunton Deane Borough Council, Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group

Contacts: Parrett Catchment Project, Rural Group, Environment Directorate, Somerset County Council, County Hall, TAUNTON, Somerset, TA1 4DY, 01823 355281, pcp@somerset.gov.uk

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Peatlands for People

The Peatlands for People project will restore the natural wealth of Cumbria's raised peatbogs and link them to the regions culture, economy and quality of life

Partners: Natural England, RSPB, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency and Solway Coast AONB

Contacts: Steve Benn, Senior Reserves Manager (South East Cumbria NNRs) at Roudsea Wood Base, Fish House Lane, Haverthwaite, ULVERSTON, Cumbria LA12 8PE. Tel: 015395 31604 Mobile:07917173294

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Potteric Car Vision

To meet the objectives of the Water Framework Directive on one site by improving: water quality, wetland wildlife, restoring wetlands and re-connecting the river to floodplain, developing partnerships, encouraging active participation and cost effective construction methods.

Partners: WWF, HSBC, EU LIFE Bittern II Project, RSPB, ALSF through Natural England and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Contacts: Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Sedum House, Mallard Way, Doncaster, DN4 8DB, tel: 01302 570077

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Quaggy River Flood Risk Management Scheme

The Quaggy River Management Scheme has been planned and implemented in the densely developed areas of Greenwich and Lewisham in South East London. A number of different techniques were used in a variety of sites resulting in benefits in terms of flood risk to over 4000 people living and working in these Boroughs

Partners: Environment Agency, Halcrow, McAlpine, English Landscapes, London Borough of Greenwich, Quaggy Waterways Action Group, Ferrier Residents Action Group and MENCaP

Contacts: Environment Agency. Email: enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk

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Rainham Marshes

There are only a few ancient landscapes left in London and this RSPB reserve is one of them. Bought from the Ministry of Defence in July 2000, its former use as shooting ranges has preserved much of the original medieval land-form and marshland wildlife and is now the largest remaining expanse of wetland bordering the upper reaches of the Thames Estuary

Partners: RSPB working closely with London Borough of Havering, Thurrock Council, GLA, Veolia ES Ltd, Port of London Authority, Natural England, Environment Agency, TTGDC and LTGDC

Contacts: Colin Bartholomew, Senior Warden, RSPB, Rainham Marshes nature reserve, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, Essex, RM19 1SZ Tel: 01708 899840 Email: colin.bartholomew@rspb.org.uk

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Restoring Eden Project

Restoring Eden is a catchment wide strategy to reverse the environmental decline in the river and to maintain and enhance it’s economic value to the local community.

Partners: Eden Rivers Trust, East Cumbria Countryside Project, Environment Agency, Natural England, Eden District Council, Carlisle City Council, United Utilities, Cumbria Tourist Board, Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group

Contacts: Eden Rivers Trust, The White House, 25 Boroughgate, Appleby, Cumbria, CA16 6XF, Tel: 01768 353992, office@edenriverstrust.org.uk

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South West Nature Map

Our partnership aims to promote and enable the delivery of the UK Biodiversity Action Plan through regional and local biodiversity action in line with the England Biodiversity Strategy.

Partners: South West Regional Biodiversity Partnership: Association of Local Government Ecologists, BTCV, Countryside Agency, Environment Agency, Natural England, FWAG, Forestry Commision, Forest Enterprise, Government Office South West, Bristol Environmental Records Centre, Somerset Environmental Records Centre, MoD, National Parks, National Trust, RSPB, South West Wildlife Trusts, Wessex Water, Woodland Trust

Contacts: Simon Brenman, Co Chair of Biodiversity South West. simon.brenman@swwt.org.uk or Elly Andison Co Chair Biodiversity South West elly.andison@environment-agency.gov.uk

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Staffordshire Washlands Project

Our Vision is healthy and biologically diverse rivers and their associated floodplain habitats in a landscape managed for the sustainable use of water, with natural fluvial processes encouraged to create new geomorphological features. This means a holistic approach to land and water management, with active support from landowners, managers and local communities recognising and benefiting from the social, economic and environmental gains.

Partners: Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, Defra, Natural England, Environment Agency, FWAG, On Trent, RSPB, Stafford Borough Council

Contacts: Nick Mott, Rivers & Wetlands Officer, Water for Wildlife Project, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, The Wolseley Centre, Wolseley Bridge, Stafford. ST17 0WT Tel. 01889 880100, nmott@staffswt.cix.co.uk

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Strategic Partnership for the Ouse and its Tributaries (SPROUT)

The partnership will use local knowledge and scientific data about the River Ouse and its tributaries to produce an Opportunity Plan to identify potential locations for environmental enhancement projects.

Partners: Environment Agency, York City Council, English Heritage, Natural England, Hambleton District Council, Inland Waterways Association, National Trust, Nidderdale AONB,Harrogate Borough Council, North York Moors National Park Authority, Ouse and Derwent Internal Drainage Board, Richmondshire Dist. Council, RSPB, Rural Development Service, Ryedale Dist. Council, Selby Dist. Council, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust, Yorkshire Forward and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Contacts: Liz Chalk, Environment Agency, Coverdale House, Aviator Court, Clifton Moor, York, YO30 4GZ. Tel: 01904 822674 or email liz.chalk@environment-agency.gov.uk

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Sustainable Catchment Management Programme (SCaMP)

By 2010, SSSIs to be in prime condition, halt of alarming bird decline, return important landscapes and habitats such as blanket bog and heather moorland, water quailty improvements, economically-viable farming, opportunities to support farming

Partners: United Utilities, RSPB

Contacts: United Utilities SCAMP tel: 01925 537246 or Roy.Taylor@rspb.org.uk

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Sustainable Wetland Restoration in the New Forest’ LIFE 3 project

Restore the priority interest features of the New Forest SAC and supporting habitat; establish long term sustainability through integrated management of main water basins; creation of suitable conditions for the significant priority habitat regeneration

Partners: New Forest LIFE 3 Partnership: Natural England, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Hampshire County Council, National Trust, RSPB.

Contacts: Jonathan Mycock, LIFE3 Project Manager, Hampshire County Council. Tel: 01962 846823. Email: jonathan.mycock@hants.gov.uk

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Swale and Ure Washlands Project

The Project’s vision is for an economically vibrant area with a strong sense of local pride in the past and where the Washlands play a significant role in the economic, social and environmental quality of North Yorkshire.

Partners: Lower Ure Conservation Trust, North Yorkshire County Council, Natural England, Environment Agency, Tarmac, LaFarge Aggregates, Hanson, Funered Gravel Ltd, Brown and Potter Ltd


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The Great Fen Project

The Great Fen is creating a restored fenland landscape of 3,700 hectares providing a rich variety of habitats for people and wildlife now and in the future, linking and protecting the two national Nature Reserves of Woodwalton Fen and Holme Fen.

Partners: Environment Agency, Huntingdonshire District Council, Middle Level Commissioners, Natural England, and The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Peterborough.

Contacts: Kate Carver Great Fen Project Manager 01954 713513. E-mail kate.carver@wildlifebcnp.org Address:- The Wildlife Trust, The Manor House, Broad Street, Great Cambourne, Cambridgeshire, CB3 6DH

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The Moors Project

The project aims to restore and enhance this wetland site along the Redhill Brook in Surrey. Snipe numbers have quadrupled since the project started.

Partners: Surrey Wildlife Trust, Surrey County Council, BIFFA, LINDEN HOMES and WBB Minerals.

Contacts: Simon Elson, Principal Environmental Enhancement Officer, Surrey County Council, Contact Centre, Floor 3, Conquest House, Wood Street, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1AB, phone: 08456 009 009.

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The On Trent Initiative

Vision:"Rivers across the Trent catchment that are rich in wildlife habitats, landscape and historic features for the benefit of all, both now & in the future". OnTrent aims to develop a series of wetlands along the Trent and it's tributaries, provide opportunities to improve the quality of life for local people and support the local economy.The organisations involved in the OnTrent partnership co-ordinate work, share ideas and information and encourage practical projects in the Trent Catchment

Partners: LaFarge Aggregates, Hanson, Tarmac, Country Land and Business Association, Leicestershire County Council, National Farmers’ Union, Derbyshire County Council , Nottinghamshire County Council, North Lincolnshire Council, Environment Agency, English Heritage, Staffordshire County Council, British Waterways, Forestry Commission, Natural England, Groundwork, RSPB, The Wildlife Trusts and Severn Trent Water, Isle of Axholme and North Notts WLMBoard

Contacts: Project Manager, OnTrent, The Wolseley Centre, Wolseley Bridge, Stafford, ST18 OWT, Tel 01889 8800100, Email ontrent@staffs-wildlife.org.uk

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Upper Thames Tributaries Environmentally Sensitive Area project (UTTESA)

Objectives incl: Developing a landscape approach to habitat enhancement through a partnership project, working with farmers and other stakeholders, encouraging uptake of Environmental Stewardship; Providing surveys of biodiversity indicators on habitat connectivity, creating wildlife corridors and buffers; Generating research to inform habitat management policy and advice to farmers and the rural community, to establish Upper Thames as a demonstration area to promote catchment sensitive farming.

Partners: Wildlife Conservation Research Unit - Oxford Uni (WildCRU), FWAG, BBOWT, Earthwatch, DEFRA, The Environment Agency, Natural England

Contacts: Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford, Department of Zoology, Tubney House, Abingdon Road, Tubney, Abingdon, OX13 5QL, Tel: +44 1865 393100, wildsec@zoo.ox.ac.uk

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Waveney/Little Ouse TEN project

Improve to their maximum potential to restore or enhance habitat and landscape throughout the valley systems for the benefit of wetland wildlife and people: Water quantity, Water quality, Sense of place, Community involvement, Public access and amenity

Partners: The Waveney and Little Ouse Partnership: Norfolk County Council, Suffolk County Council, Natural England - Norfolk and Suffolk Teams, Environment Agency - Eastern and Central Areas of the Anglian Region, Anglian Otters and Rivers Project, Blo’ Norton and Thelnetham Conservation Volunteers, South Norfolk District Council, Broads Authority, Defra, Rural Development Services, Forest Enterprise, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, RSPB, Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Contacts: Sue Hooton, Senior Ecologist, Suffolk County Council, Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2BX, Telephone: (01473) 264784, email: sue.hooton@suffolk.gov.uk

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Wensum SSSI River Project

Production of an outline river restoration plan and vision for the river Wensum, including approximate costings, undertaking a consultation exercise with stakeholders and producing a final river restoration plan, including results of the consultation exercise

Partners: Natural England, Environment Agency

Contacts: David Withington, Northminster House, Northminster Road, Peterborough, PE1 1UA. Email: David.Withrington@naturalengland.org.uk

Web site: No web site available.

West Midlands Biodiversity Enhancement Areas

This Regional Biodiversity Strategy for the West Midlands aims to focus attention on the most important priorities for biodiversity in the Region, set out in five key challenges: Maintaining and improving habitats, species and ecosystems; Developing an area based approach to restoring wildlife;Monitoring the condition of habitats, species and ecosystems;Re-connecting and integrating action for biodiversity with other environmental, social and economic activity; Coping with climate change impacts

Partners: West Midlands Biodiversity Partnership, Defra, Heritage Lottery Fund, Government Office of the West Midlands, Natural England

Contacts: WMBP, 28 Harborne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3AA Tel: 0121 454 8018 Email: enquiries@wmbp.org

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Wet Fens for the Future

Our vision is for an economically vibrant area with a strong sense of local pride in its wetland past where wetlands will play a greater role in the economic, social and environmental quality of the Fens. In this vision wetlands exist to serve many purposes and new ones will be created to deliver a wide range of benefits.

Partners: Wet Fens Partnership (leading project partners: Countryside Commission, Natural England, Environment Agency, Cambridgeshire County Council, Lincs County Council, RSPB)

Contacts: Chair, Wet Fens Partnership, Strategic Environmental Planning, Environment Agency, Kingfisher House, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough PE2 5ZR

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Wetlands West (formerly Severn & Avon Vales Wetlands Partnership)

To achieve the planned recovery and enhancement of the wetland resource of the Severn and Avon Vales by the wise use of land and water, in ways that are economically sound, socially responsive and environmentally sensitive.

Partners: Environment Agency, Natural England, The Wildlife Trusts, the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Groups (FWAG), Department of Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), National Farmers Union (NFU), the Association of Drainage Authorities (ADA), County and Local Councils

Contacts: Wetlands West, c/o Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, Lower Smite Farm, Smite Hill, Hindlip, Worcester WR3 8SZ e-mail: peter.holmes@naturalengland.org.uk Tel: 0300 060 0304

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Wicken Fen Vision

The Wicken Fen Vision is an ambitious 100 year project by the National Trust to create a 5,300 hectare landscape scale nature reserve and 'green lung' for Cambridgeshire stretching from Wicken Fen NNR to the outskirts of Cambridge.

Partners: National Trust

Contacts: Howard Cooper, Communications Officer, Wicken Fen Visitor Centre, Lode Lane, Wicken, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5XP. Tel: 01353 720274 E mail: howard.cooper@nationaltrust.org.uk

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