The Quantock Hills AONB, in collaboration with Clarkson and Woods and FWAG South-west, wish to invite you to join them at their Nature Recovery Workshop on Tuesday 18th Jan 2022, 11am – 1pm at Nether Stowey Church Centre, TA5 1LJ.  All contributing active farmers’/landowners will benefit from a £50 incentive to compensate you for your time following participation in the workshop and following questionnaire. Light refreshments provided.

The short session will provide an opportunity for us to explore and learn from local farmers’ how we can work together to develop and deliver Nature Recovery principles. Farmers will be crucial to the delivery of these long-term environmental ambitions, but they need to have the best information that’s easily accessible. The workshop discussions will therefore focus around the mapping information currently available for informing the location/scope of nature recovery measures at a farm level, its value to farmers, and how such tools can be improved. 

Nature Recovery Networks (NRN) set out to build resilient landscapes, from land to sea, rich in plants and wildlife.  These wildlife rich networks are part of strategic long-term ambitions to protect and enhance the natural environment, as set out within Defra’s 25 Year Environment Plan and strengthened by recent introduction of the Environment Act 2021.  These ambitions are intended to help improve, restore and better connect habitats and protected areas at a landscape scale for wildlife, but also for the benefit of people. It is anticipated that Nature Recovery will encourage new funding streams for farmers to aid the delivery of Nature Recovery Networks, including possible influence on key funding streams developed as part of ELMS (once launched in 2024). 

The Quantock Hills AONBs are developing their Nature Recovery Plan to sustain this work locally to recover and retain resilient ecosystems. To be successful, the delivery of land management changes will involve a wide range of stakeholders, conservation bodies, wider communities and we know that farmers’ will be a crucial and valued partner – we hope that you can join us at this event to help develop the best tools to support you during these upcoming changes.

Booking is required to ensure appropriate numbers/sufficient space, your safety and as well as our team. We will monitor government guidelines and adapt the event accordingly, which may include moving the event online if necessary. Attendees are encouraged to undertake a RLFT prior to attending and only attend where negative to minimise Covid risks.

Please email [email protected] to register your attendance or for further information phone Heather Parris on 07743 905597.