Residents urged to have their say through Local Nature Recovery Toolkit


With increasing environmental challenges, England’s natural habits and ecosystems are in steep decline. The government has made legally binding commitments to stop this trend and plan for nature to recover. 

North Somerset Council and the West of England Mayoral Combined Authority have worked together to create a Local Nature Recovery Toolkit that helps communities take action for nature and its restoration. 

The document sets local priorities for nature recovery, and maps ‘focus areas’ where action to help nature will have the biggest impact. 

People can comment on the interactive map, and give feedback through the survey. Residents will be able to respond until Tuesday 14 May, and feedback will help shape the final version of the strategy. 

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Councillor Annemieke Waite, North Somerset Council’s executive member for climate, waste and sustainability, said: “After years of declining wildlife numbers, it is clear our ecosystems are in crisis, and need our help. It is important that we all do what we can to support our biodiversity and wildlife, but as a council we can improve nature on a much larger scale if we work with partners across the West of England. This is why we have joined forces with the combined authority to create the Local Nature Recovery Toolkit, a resource which covers the whole of the West of England.

“We are committed to protecting the environment and want to hear from you, whether you’re an interested resident, a farmer, a conservationist, or a policymaker. Your views and feedback are really important and will help us work out the best opportunities for nature recovery and let us help local wildlife thrive.”