The wetlands along the River Nene valley in Northamptonshire form a valuable chain. Each is part of a landscape of international importance for birds like golden plovers, ducks, herons and waders, as well as dragonflies, otters and plants.
These wetlands are the legacy of many years of sand and gravel quarrying, a mix of careful design and happy accident superimposed on an older, agricultural landscape of woodlands and wildflower meadows.
Now the landscape is changing again, as modern urban growth places new demands on land, water and space for wildlife. Our challenge for the future is to ensure that growth and development will support, value and benefit the natural environment – not harm it.
Explore the area
Find out what’s going on near this Futurescape, including places to visit, news and local events, plus how you can work or volunteer for us.
Futurescapes is all about collaboration. There are many organisations and people involved in managing land in the Nene Valley. Our challenge is working together to find ways of making more space for nature. To achieve this we’re working with:
Saving special places
Victory for Harapan Rainforest
Beautiful Hutan Harapan forest is a precious remnant of the rainforest that once covered much of Sumatra (Photo: RSPB-images/Steve Roland) Hutan Harapan is one of the last remaining areas of dry lowland Sumatran forest and is among the most th...(r...Posted 12/04/2019 by Heather Mitchell
Rila Mountains: The Final Piece in Bulgaria's Protected Area Network for Birds
Daniel Pullan, our International Casework Manager writes: I was thrilled last week when my Bulgarian colleague Irina Mateeva told me that the Bulgarian Government had designated the last part of the Rila Mountains as a Special Protection Area. This a...Posted 04/04/2019 by Heather Mitchell
A net gain for nature
How can built development leave the natural environment in a better shape than it was before? This is the question at the heart of Defra’s recent consultation on ‘biodiversity net gain’. We know from the State of Nature 2016 report ...(read more)Posted 01/03/2019 by Simon Marsh
What will the new NPPF mean for places, people and nature?
On Tuesday the Government published a new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for England. You can see our previous commentary on the draft version here , here and here . The NPPF sets out the Government’s planning policies for England...(read ...Posted 27/07/2018 by Steph