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Local Nature Recovery Toolkit

Many thanks for visiting the Local Nature Recovery Toolkit consultation webpage. The consultation is now closed but you are still able to view the interactive map and the comments made. Survey responses are currently being analysed and a summary report will be published here in due course.

Welcome to the Local Nature Recovery Toolkit, the Local Nature Recovery Strategy for the Mayoral Combined Authority

Protect, Recover, Thrive

Nature is at the heart of our world, providing us with clean air, fresh water, and a haven for wildlife. But with increasing environmental challenges, nature is under threat. That's why we've developed the Nature Recovery Toolkit—a comprehensive resource to help communities restore and recover their local ecosystems. The nature toolkit covers the geographic area of the West of England Combined Authority and North Somerset.

Respond to the Public Consultation

We are currently consulting on the Local Nature Recovery Toolkit. You can provide feedback via the survey and by commenting on the interactive map. The survey and comments on the Interactive Map will remain open until the 14th May, and your feedback will help to shape the final version of the Toolkit.

If you are not able to attend any of our webinars regarding the toolkit, we are recording these sessions and they are available to view on our events page.

What is the Local Nature Recovery Toolkit?

The Local Nature Recovery Toolkit is a collaborative effort to empower residents and communities within the Mayoral Combined Authority to take action for nature. Whether you're a concerned resident, a farmer, a conservationist, or a policymaker, you'll find valuable resources to support your efforts in restoring and protecting precious natural habitats in your local area and beyond.

The Toolkit sets local priorities for nature recovery and maps ‘focus areas’ where action to help nature will have the biggest impact. Importantly, it acts as the Local Nature Recovery Strategy for the Mayoral Combined Authority. To find out more and to access the Toolkit, see ‘About the Toolkit.

It’s important to note that the Toolkit will not force landowners or managers to make any changes, nor prevent any actions such as development. The Toolkit aims to encourage action in different ways like new funding or investments.

‘The West of England is an amazing place to get outdoors and experience nature. However, we are facing a daunting ecological emergency, with serious declines in our local wildlife. We are already taking huge strides to recover nature, such as through our £60m Green Recovery Fund and Pollinator projects, and we are ambitious to do more.

By setting out local priorities and the most impactful actions to help wildlife, the Local Nature Recovery Toolkit will help people across the region go further and faster for nature recovery.

It's really important that we hear from you on whether the Toolkit identifies the most important actions and areas for nature recovery from your perspective. Please take a minute to fill out the survey and let us know your thoughts.’

Metro Mayor, Dan Norris

Explore the Interactive Map

Curious about how to help nature in your area? Our interactive map provides a bird's-eye view of ‘focus areas’ for nature recovery and explains local priorities for nature recovery. Explore the map to discover what you can do to help nature near you, and to make comments as part of the consultation.

On the map, you will be able to select an area of interest and information regarding that area will be shown. You can then click through to view all the priorities identified for that area, the associated measures to deliver those priorities, and priority species. You will then be able to comment on the overall priorities and suggested measures for that area. You can repeat this process for as many areas you would like.

If you would prefer to use a text-based tool to review this information, please click here.

Share Your Insights

Your input is invaluable in our mission to secure nature recovery. As part of the consultation, take a few moments to fill out our survey and share your thoughts on local biodiversity, priorities, measures and potential focus areas for nature recovery. By giving your feedback, you can help identify the best opportunities for nature recovery and help local wildlife flourish.

The survey and comments on the Interactive Map will remain open until the 14th May, and your feedback will help to shape the final version of the Toolkit.

Together, we can create a brighter future for people and planet. Thank you for joining us on this journey towards nature recovery!

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