Wetland grasses

Agricultural landscape-scale conservation

A landscape-scale approach is needed to reverse the degradation and fragmentation of priority habitats.

A landscape-scale approach

Farmers and land managers need to start adapting to changes in climate, water resources, flooding and food demand along with the rest of society.

Large areas of land are needed to address these economic, social and environmental challenges at a scale which will be effective. Landscape-scale conservation will be vital to help wildlife survive.

A landscape-scale approach is needed to reverse the degradation and fragmentation of priority habitats and make landscapes and the wildlife they contain more resilient to change.

Larger areas will include the farmland which surrounds nature reserves and important habitats and these farmland habitats will need to provide a soft edge to allow species to expand into the landscape.

Future challenges for landscape scale conservation

To make this a reality, land designated for landscape scale conservation will need to deliver other environmental benefits and maintain livelihoods.

The RSPB is working to understand how land managers in defined landscape-sized areas can collaborate to solve future challenges.

Farmers and communities will need empowering in order to lead and make initiatives effective and self-sustaining in landscape areas which are meaningful to the local community and ecosystems.

Government must include landscape-scale conservation in its vision for land management and adapt funding streams to support collaborative working.