Our collaboration with landscape management specialist, idverde, is currently advising in five idverde locations; Bromley, Telford, Charnwood, Queen Elisabeth Olympic Park and Northampton to increase the environmental capacity of urban green sites through sympathetic land management to help nature thrive. The partnership promotes the benefits of nature-rich environments through community engagement, stakeholder empowerment and land management strategies with idverde’s client local authorities.
Business Conservation Partnerships
Our business conservation partnerships help more nature thrive. These are important collaborations in different sectors of business where working together has a real and substantial impact for wildlife, for people's wellbeing and for the future of the environment.
As well as generating nature rich landscapes, we help our partners to deliver on their sustainability goals, to integrate biodiversity into their business practice, and potentially to reduce their cost base whilst doing so.
We started our partnership with the R&A in early 2020. The R&A oversees the game of golf globally, with over 3,000 golf courses in the UK occupying around 126,000 hectares. These are well placed to help provide for species of conservation concern and connectivity between existing priority habitats. With those figures in mind, our partnership with The R&A is an exciting opportunity to influence the management of a large area of green space across the UK.
CEMEX UK is one of the country’s leading quarrying and concrete products businesses. We began our partnership with CEMEX UK in 2009 to help improve outcomes for nature, both species and habitats, and sustainability, particularly through restoring quarries at the end of their life. In 2017 we passed 1,000 hectares of habitats restored and continue to provide for species like turtle doves and willow tits.
The RSPB and Barratt Developments PLC have been working in partnership since 2014. Together we are improving practices to make new housing developments better for nature. Our work includes creating landscaping and gardening guides, providing tailored landscape design advice and accrediting wildlife-friendly show homes and gardens. We have created an innovative swift nesting brick together with specialist partners, which are now being fitted across the country.
Nature After Minerals
Nature After Minerals is a partnership programme, led by the RSPB and supported by Natural England, the Mineral Products Association and the British Aggregates Association.
We work to promote strategic opportunities for biodiversity through high-quality habitat creation and aftercare on non-energy mineral sites. We work with mineral planning authorities, quarry companies, statutory bodies, conservation organisations and local communities, to provide priority habitats, boost wildlife populations, and provide safe spaces and richer places for people to enjoy.
The RSPB has an advisory partnership with Lightrock Power, which is a developer of utility-scale solar and battery storage projects. Lightrock develops ground-mounted solar farms to provide cheap, renewable electricity to power a healthier society. Their goal is to become known for developing projects that are an asset to wildlife and their local community.
Lightrock develop their projects in partnership with the RSPB to ensure a positive outcome for nature and that best practices are integrated into the management of their sites. One of Lightrock’s key differentiators is that they seek to go beyond industry best practice in terms of what can be done for wildlife and biodiversity. Their new solar developments are being designed to meet the Fair to Nature Standard, a first for the industry.