Nature Improvement Areas

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Hi - are any Landscape Partnerships out there also Nature Improvement Areas? We (Land of Oak & Iron) will be considering it in January 2018, with some stakeholder support and opposition. I would be interested to know of any benefits and longer term legacy it may bring.



View Karen Daglish's profile Karen Daglish Dec 22 2017 - 10:56am
  1. Hi Karen,

    Our landscape partnership is based on a NIA.

    Our NIA was established later than the white paper and therefore did not have any funding to deliver it's strategy.

    The NIA created a strategy for the natural environment of the Greensand Country.  We (the landscape Partnership) bring the funding to deliver that strategy, but the scope of the LP is wider than just the natural environment and includes the built environment and wider heritage.

    I hope that helps.  Please ask if you have any wider questions about this.


  2. View Claire Poulton's profile Claire Poulton
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  3. Hi Karen

    Here are a few to pursue all based in the original 12 NIAs.  In fact HLF has put more money in to NIAs than Defra!

    Humberhead Levels LP - North Lincs Council 

    Dearne Valley LP - Barnsley Met Borough Council

    Meres and Mosses LP - Shropshire Wildlife Trust and where the Sec of State Owen Patterson went to launch the NIA initiative way back when…

    Hope that helps.  I'd star with the last one as they managed the NIA Defra funding in tandem with the LP delivery grant.



  4. View Drew Bennellick's profile Drew Bennellick
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    Hi Karen, Drew et al

    And Morecambe Bay is also both a Landscape Partnership and Nature Improvement Area. 
    For us the initatives were closely linked with many common partners, but different leads. 

    We were one of the 12 original DEFRA NIA's - and that was crucial to building confidence and understanding of how to join up habitats…

    Sadly, althought the ambitions of the NIA are still strong, there was less emphasis on legacy planning and at the end of the funded programme the NIA group has not continued in the same way. 

    The best contact for the NIA would be Lucy Barron at the AONB -

    I do wonder if you need to be an NIA - and what you see would be achieved by that that cannot be done through the LPS or a suitable (sub-group) 

    Good luck 





  6. View Susannah Bleakley's profile Susannah Bleakley
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    There is another take on that Drew, Karen - what NIA's have come from LP's?

    The origins of the Wild Purbeck NIA ie its partnership and strategic ambition, was a successor to Purbeck's LP - Purbeck Keystone Project. I am sure it was not the only example.

  8. View David Hodd's profile David Hodd
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  9. There is a view that NIAs were a (maybe cynical) government ploy to be seen to be doing something in response to the Lawton report – 76 applications, just 12 approved, (under 0.5% of the land surface), sharing less than £10 million between them, dependant on competition for supplementary funding (all 12 NIAs have received Lottery money though not all are LPs) and adsorbing a lot of NGO effort (esp. RSPB and Wildlife Trust; most overlap with Living Landscapes or Futurescapes) to support what was presented at the time as a major government conservation initiative.

    The alternative view is that NIAs deliver synergism – ‘more than the sum of the parts’.  NE coordinated the biological monitoring but I’m not aware that there’s been any wider evaluation or assessment. 

  10. View Richard Clarke's profile Richard Clarke
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  11. Thanks all - I am to be convinced of the benefits but will see what the various stakeholders say next week. It's good to have these contacts.


  12. View Karen Daglish's profile Karen Daglish
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