RSPB Cirl Bunting Re-introduction Project. Nick Tomalin surveying Cirl buntings and searching for evidence of successful breeding / nesting. Cornwall,

Who we're working with

We're working with landowners and organisations right across the UK, including Natural England, the Environment Agency and the Ministry of Defence.

Success stories

Here are just some of the Futurescapes projects that we're working on across the UK.

Farmers keep business booming in Morecambe Bay

We're working with farmers at Morecambe Bay in northwest England to clean up the waterways and plant more wet grassland and reedbeds. The farmers are being rewarded through funding via Higher Level Stewardship schemes. Local businesses should benefit too, as nature tourism brings people to the area to see the otters, water voles and wading birds.

It's not just farmers involved in the project. Also taking part are Natural England, the Environment Agency, the Wildlife Trusts, the National Trust, Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board, the Forestry Commission, Cumbria Tourism, Arnside and Silverdale AONB, Butterfly Conservation and local landowners.

A new train of thought from Crossrail

Crossrail's plans for a new train tunnel in London had massive benefits for wildlife. Once Crossrail had dug out the tunnel, they were left with tonnes of clay, chalk, sand and gravel. We shipped this to Wallasea Island in Essex and we're using it to make a huge nature reserve. Over the next ten years, this 'waste' will be turned into a home for birds, otters, fish and saltwater plants like sea lavender and samphire.

Farmers and the MOD talk chalk

Chalk grassland packs over 40 different herbs and grasses into each square metre. England has lost the majority of this fantastic habitat. Half of what's left today is in Wiltshire.

So we're working there with hundreds of farmers, Natural England, the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and others to keep the chalk grassland in prime condition for insects, birds and plants. We're connecting lots of areas to make the largest network of chalk grassland in north-west Europe.

In Wessex, we're working with the Ministry of Defence to make sure that their land used for military training offers a safe haven for stone-curlews, which need all the help they can get.

Water company unites with conservationists

We're working with water company United Utilities in the Forest of Bowland, in Lancashire. The project involves farmers and land managers, local authorities, government and conservation groups. By working together, we can influence how water catchment areas are managed and funded to protect upland habitats for locals, tourists and wildlife.

Mineral companies dig in

We're turning old mineral quarries across the UK into havens for wildlife and people. At Loch Leven, not far from Edinburgh, we're transforming quarries into wetlands, making homes for nature, cleaner water and better flood protection for local communities.

Finding space in the Fens

We are working with farmers and minerals companies to provide the required increase in space across the Fens. Linking farmers to agri-environment schemes, which reward farmers who are wildlife-friendly, is complemented by our work with the minerals industry to create wildlife habitats.

Lakenheath Fen RSPB reserve, view across pool and reedbed

EU LIFE Nature fund

The LIFE + Futurescapes Information and Communications programme 2011–2015 was generously funded through the EU LIFE Nature fund. LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental and conservation projects throughout the EU. Since 1992, LIFE has co-financed nearly 4,000 projects, contributing approximately €2.8 billion to the protection of the environment. Find out more about the EU LIFE Nature fund.

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Natura 2000

Natura 2000 - Europe's nature for you. We are working together across the EU to safeguard Europe's rich and diverse natural heritage for the benefit of everyone. Find out more about Natura 2000.

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