Berkshire's Local Nature Recovery Strategy

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Now is a really exciting time for nature.



We need to think about where Berkshire nature needs our help the most and how people can benefit from giving nature a hand. Help us decide.

Local Nature Recovery Strategies (LNRSs) are spatial strategies to recover nature across England: part of the 2021 Environment Act. Together, they will cover the country in a Nature Recovery Network (NRN).

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead are excited to be the Responsible Authority for our Berkshire LNRS. Bracknell, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire and Wokingham are supporting authorities with Natural England. They will help contribute to the strategy. Updates on the progress of the LNRS are posted below.






Each LNRS will map areas of current particular importance for biodiversity, and work with partners from many groups, from landowners to businesses, to eNGOs, and the public. Priorities for nature recovery will be agreed and these will be used to create a local habitat map. These will depict what needs to happen to achieve the agreed aims for nature. This will link up with delivery mechanisms, such as Biodiversity Net Gain for planning and Environmental Land Management (ELM) schemes for land management including farming.


Find a blog here from Natural England for more information on Local Nature Recovery Strategies.

Now is a really exciting time for nature.



We need to think about where Berkshire nature needs our help the most and how people can benefit from giving nature a hand. Help us decide.

Local Nature Recovery Strategies (LNRSs) are spatial strategies to recover nature across England: part of the 2021 Environment Act. Together, they will cover the country in a Nature Recovery Network (NRN).

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead are excited to be the Responsible Authority for our Berkshire LNRS. Bracknell, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire and Wokingham are supporting authorities with Natural England. They will help contribute to the strategy. Updates on the progress of the LNRS are posted below.






Each LNRS will map areas of current particular importance for biodiversity, and work with partners from many groups, from landowners to businesses, to eNGOs, and the public. Priorities for nature recovery will be agreed and these will be used to create a local habitat map. These will depict what needs to happen to achieve the agreed aims for nature. This will link up with delivery mechanisms, such as Biodiversity Net Gain for planning and Environmental Land Management (ELM) schemes for land management including farming.


Find a blog here from Natural England for more information on Local Nature Recovery Strategies.

Updates

Updates on the Local Nature Recovery Strategy regularly posted here. 


Update January 2024


The Berkshire Local Nature Recovery Strategy is truly underway!

Stakeholder Engagement Events

We are excited to be beginning work with Just Ideas, who have been commissioned for creation of engagement strategy, delivery of strategy including 11 workshops and evaluation. In March, 3 workshops will be focussed at farmers, land owners and woodland managers – where as well as finding out priorities for nature we will be providing support on Biodiversity Net Gain and registering interest in signing up to the LNRS. 6 workshops in April will be spread across each Berkshire Borough, to work with local communities in finding out their priorities for nature. 1 workshop will be online also. This engagement will be accompanied by a survey where stakeholders can further engage with their thoughts on nature recovery in Berkshire. Finally, during a summer an informative, Berkshire wide event will take place, engaging people with the progress of the strategy and collecting feedback. 

Just Ideas, an engagement and facilitation company based in Reading, are supporting our stakeholder engagement and workshop design and implementation. They have created our stakeholder engagement plan, are supporting the evaluation of the workshops and are a part of many of our working groups, ensuring that sound information is collected in workshops, to influence the creation of the strategy. 

 

Data Prioritisation

Feedback from these stakeholder events will form that basis of the outputs of the Local Nature Recovery Strategy, these are primarily the Opportunity Map and the List of Priorities. Berkshire will be inputting our data layers and targets for biodiversity, gathered from our stakeholder engagement, into a programme called Marxan. With the help of TVERC, we will create maps of the best areas for nature conservation, balancing the different locally specific priorities and challenges we face in Berkshire. TVERC are also helping to create our shortlist of priority species, these will help inform our priorities for nature as well. 

After our maps and lists are complete, these will be combined with our Description of the Area of Berkshire, and will create the final LNRS document. After being checked by our supporting authorities and the RBWM Cabinet, the strategy is predicted to be published in Spring 2025. 

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    Our Data Prioritisation methodology

    about 2 months ago

    An important part of our Berkshire Local Nature Recovery Strategy is the method of choosing which areas of Berkshire to prioritise for nature recovery. We cannot select everywhere: we have to decide where is most important to focus effort on first. Here in Berkshire, we decided to input priorities from all of our stakeholders (from our workshops and survey) and from documents existing on nature recovery from various councils, public bodies and NGOs, into a piece of software called Marxan. This undergoes a process called Systematic Conservation Planning.


    More on Marxan

    Marxan is a Decision Support software tool for conservation... Continue reading

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    Farmer and Landowner Workshops completed

    about 2 months ago

    Our three workshops for farmers, landowners, land managers and foresters have been completed.

    Below is a map of where representatives at the workshops managed land across Berkshire




    We saw representatives from the following sectors:

    Central Berkshire - (29 attendees)

    • Parish council representatives
    • Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust Representatives
    • Ecologists– Reading Borough Council
    • Farmers/Landowners x 5
    • BioCap
    • Forestry Commission
    • University of Reading – agro-environment group x3
    • Farmer cluster facilitator
    • Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead officers – Natural Environment Team and Equalities and Diversity team
    • Berkshire College of Agriculture
    • Atomic Weapons Establishment ecologist




    East Berkshire - (48 attendees)

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    Community workshops launched

    2 months ago
    We are excited to make our seven community workshops, plus our survey, live today. These are opportunities for residents, community groups, businesses and NGOs to have their say on their priorities for nature recovery in Berkshire.
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    More workshops coming

    3 months ago
    • 6 free Borough specific engagement events are being planned for April. These will be promoted to the public, community groups, harder to reach groups, businesses etc). These will primarily stakeholder collect priorities for nature. There will be light refreshments provided. These will be run in conjunction with a local group, e.g. the Wokingham event with Earley Environmental Group. The West Berks event may be held at the BBOWT Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre. These will include stakeholders from different disciplines. Stakeholder engagement working group is contributing to the design of these. A stakeholder engagement plan has been drafted by Just Ideas.
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    Workshops live!

    3 months ago
    • 3 free farmer/landowner engagement workshops are now live: Wasing Estate, Windsor Great Park and Reading University Farm for farmer landowner workshops (18th, 12th and 6th March respectively). These will be catered. Opportunities to discuss priorities for nature, learn about LNRS and BNG, and to register interest in land being included in the LNRS. Farmer engagement working group is contributing to planning and advertisement of these workshops.
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    Engagement survey closed

    3 months ago
    • Our engagement survey has closed and analysis has been undertaken, assisting workshop design – locations and timings of workshops, other community events to present the LNRS at.
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    Data Prioritisation Working Group

    3 months ago
    • Data prioritisation group being set up and refined. Meeting every fortnight. An important piece of work to refine targets for conservation features and data sets to be input into Marxan, ideas coming from stakeholder engagement workshops. Representation from GIS officers of boroughs, TVERC, NE, ecologists of Boroughs, Bob Smith, BBOWT, community interest groups, Just Ideas, University of Reading and NWD National Landscape.
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    TVERC commissioned to undertake our data prioritisation work

    3 months ago
    • TVERC have been commissioned for data prioritisation of the Berkshire Local Nature Recovery Strategy using SCP (Systematic Conservation Planning)/Marxan, supported by Bob Smith at University of Kent. More information on Marxan here: Home - Marxan (marxansolutions.org)
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    First Steering Group Meeting held

    10 months ago
    3rd July 2023


    Discussion topics:

    Introductions

    Presentation on LNRS with Regulations and Guidance update

    Stage of Berkshire LNRS currently

    National Habitat Map


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