Helping farmers frame their own future

 Pink thrift (Armeria maritima) and Kidney vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria) growing close to Trevose Lighthouse, and view looking over Stinking Cove with The Bull in view at Trevose Head, North Cornwall

This project aims to test and trial how a Nature Recovery Network can be developed across the North Cornwall coast using the Environmental Land Management scheme as the key delivery mechanism.  

A Nature Recovery Network is a network of joined up places across the UK that allows wildlife to travel freely and flourish. A Nature Recovery Network between Newquay and Bude has been identified by the National Trust and RSPB as a coastal corridor of existing and proposed nature rich priority habitats.

In the development of the Government's new farming policy, the proposed Environmental Land Management system, there is a potential tension between the aspiration to make the system deliver at a landscape scale and the aspiration to give individual farmers and landowners a high degree of autonomy in decision making and delivery.

This project seeks to bring those two aspirations together by supporting a group of farmers and landowners to create their own test and trial measures that would deliver the environmental benefits of a Nature Recovery Network without the need for strong Government direction.

We're working with a group of farmers and landowners to shape what a Nature Recovery Network within North Cornwall could look like, and how and where the identified public benefits could be delivered with Environmental Land Management system support.