Top tips for natural heritage projects

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Share your top tips on how to run a successful natural heritage project and we’ll share ours.

In the West Midlands we started the year by sharing some of the great projects happening in the West Midlands. Here are some top tips that came out of our campaign…

View Liz Shaw's profile Liz Shaw Aug 12 2015 - 9:08am
  1. HLF fund natural heritage projects large and small, not just under our Parks and Landscape Partnership programmes (although check out the dedicated forums if you are interested in these schemes). Here’s an example of a project we funded for £9,800 under the Sharing Heritage programme!


  2. View Catherine Kemp's profile Catherine Kemp
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  3. For conservation projects we prioritise work for existing habitats and species. Read our good practice guidance on natural heritage projects and what HLF prioritise.

  4. View Elise Turner's profile Elise Turner
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  5. We always find that it is useful to link into local and national strategies to find out what else is going on in the area. Find out about your local Biodiversity Action Plan and whether there is anything else going on that you can link into.

    A great example in Yorkshire is the Tansy Beetle Champions project in York. Find out more at the Tansy Beetle Hub on the Buglife website.


    • Tansy Beetle. Credit Steven Falk
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  7. You can apply for projects to get people involved with natural heritage. Celebrating Our Heathland Heritage was a great project by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust to get people exploring Highgate Common and learning new skills. All relevant to the differences we want projects to make.

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  9. Not sure? Ask! Here’s the result of our natural heritage twitter Q&A back in January, where the sector put their questions to Drew Bennellick, Head of Landscape and Natural Heritage at HLF. You can send us a project enquiry and we’ll get back to you with feedback on your proposals.

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  11. Be inspired by what else is happening across your region. In January the West Midlands team ran a campaign focused on all the great natural heritage work going on. Seven months on we look back at the results here:

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  13. Partnership projects are always welcome as they show how best resources can be shared and often bring diverse groups together who may not have worked with each other before.

    Some good recent examples are:

    Polli:Nation - by the Learning Through Landscape Trust - helping to bring an understanding of pollination and wildflower meadows to 260 schools by working with partners such as Buglife

    Capability Brown 300 - by the Landscape Institute a celebration of the life and works of England's greatest landscape gardener Lancelot Capability Brown - a partnership with the National Trust, Visit Britain, Historic England and the Historic Houses Association as well as many more

    Save Our Magnificent Meadows - led by Plantlife is a project to celebrate, conserve and create wildflower meadows right across the UK working in partnership with the Cotswolds Conservation Board, RSPB, several Wildlife Trusts and the Medway Valley Countryside Partnership.

    If you need any more examples shout!

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  15. New technology can be a great way to engage young people in natural heritage. You can use minecraft not only to build replicas of historic buildings, but you can also build natural habitats. Whoever is the first to attract the endangered species is the winner, great to get kids thinking about the landscapes and plants that make a good environment for historic species.

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  17. Hi Elise, I thought I would follow up your comment with a link to this article about a competition in South Australia that invited school students to design their dream national park in Minecraft, and the winning entry will then be created in real life:…

    Another innovative use of technology, also in Australia, is this scheme which gave ID numbers to trees in central Melbourne. The primary aim was to enable people to report tree damage, but instead the public have taken to emailing their 'favourite' trees, and the council are in turn sending personal messages 'from the trees' back to the public:…


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