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The Local Nature Recovery Strategy Consultation is LIVE!

The public consultation on the Local Nature Recovery Toolkit, which will act as the Local Nature Recovery Strategy for the entire area covered by WENP, is now open for comments.

The Toolkit will cover all of Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

It sets local priorities for nature recovery, alongside potential measures to deliver these priorities, and maps ‘focus areas’ where action to help nature will have the biggest impact.

Once finalised, the Toolkit will help policymakers, planners, farmers, communities and businesses to take the most effective action for nature, and better direct funding for nature recovery.

Your views on the priorities for nature recovery and the ‘focus areas’ are important to ensuring the best opportunities for nature recovery are identified across the region.

To access the consultation and provide your views, please follow the two links below:

Deadline for consultation response is 10 May 2024.

 

WENP Workshop with the universities in the West of England

On the 19 February, the West of England Nature Partnership hosted a workshop and networking session with WENP partners and researchers in conservation and ecology from the West of England universities (Bath Spa University, University of Bath, University of Bristol, and University of the West of England).

The workshop was a result of conversations that identified a need to better connect nature partnership with the universities to promote the varied opportunities for partnering on research.

We heard from each of the universities who outlined their areas of research, the types of courses and students that would benefit from partnering on WENP projects and common barriers to collaborative work. Between the four universities, the courses they provide range from traditional environmental science and ecology to social science and creative media courses.
The West of England Combined Authority also shared information more information about a new collaborative platform to support the Local Nature Recovery Strategy and wider environmental improvement across the region.

Building these relationships between WENP partners and the universities is mutually beneficial – partners can tap into keen, readily available, high-quality research capacity, while the universities are able to demonstrate more local impact and students benefit from real world professional experience.

We had about 40 attendees, most of whom had to be pushed out of the doors at the end of the workshop, which is testament to the opportunities there are for collaborative work with the fantastic research institutions in our region!

 

Wider Partner Updates

 

City Nature Challenge 2024

Will you take part in the 2024 City Nature Challenge? Join people across the West of England in an epic, collaborative mission to record as much wildlife as possible in the region between Friday 26th April – Monday 29th April.

Over the four-day challenge, people across the West of England – and the rest of the UK – will be coming together to share observations of the nature all around us, using the free iNaturalist app.

This Spring, we’re inviting everyone to share their wildlife sightings from windows, gardens, local parks, city streets – wherever you are in Bristol, Bath & Northeast Somerset, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire. The challenge is a great way to learn more about the wildlife around you, and best of all, the records you submit can help inform local and national conservation work.

You don’t have to be an expert or even know the name of the species you’ve seen to take part! Simply download the iNaturalist app, take a photo of the nature you find, upload and share. The app will help you identify what you’ve found, and a community of wildlife experts will work together to confirm the exact species.

You can ‘join’ the West of England Project on iNaturalist, to see a live feed of wildlife being recorded across the region during City Nature Challenge 2024.

Find out more about City Nature Challenge and how to take part at www.citynaturechallenge.org.uk

Festival of Nature is coming to your neighbourhood

At Festival of Nature 2024, The Natural History Consortium and Avon Wildlife Trust are running a Community Day on Sunday 9 June. Community Day is a day to celebrate the actions that local communities are taking for nature across the West of England.On Sunday 9 June, Festival of Nature is encouraging community groups, community gardens, and local organisations to put themselves on the regional nature map by opening their doors and hosting an event or activity that showcases their space and the work being done to help the natural world.

They’re looking to get as many West of England groups as possible involved. Find out more, take part, and spread the word: www.bnhc.org.uk/festival-of-nature/festival-of-natures-community-day-9th-june-2024/

 

2024 Bee Bold Awards – Applications Open

The awards recognise and celebrate positive action to support pollinators and wider nature within the West of England region.
There are tailored application forms for:

  • Businesses (from SMEs to global employers)

  • Charities, non-profits, and local governments

  • Education providers.

More information on how to apply and the application forms are provided on the Bee Bold webpage.

Deadline: Monday 15th April.

 

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