Nature in Lincolnshire: what matters most to you?

Planning and Environment
17:52, Friday, 22nd September 2023

Share your thoughts on nature in Greater Lincolnshire to help shape a new Local Nature Recovery Strategy for the area.

England is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world. To help combat this, the Government introduced Local Nature Recovery Strategies (LNRS) which will look for opportunities to help recover nature and increase the benefits it provides, bringing together local partners to shape and deliver the strategy.

The strategy will identify the best existing areas for nature in Greater Lincolnshire; create achievable priorities for recovering nature; and map the best areas to create and restore habitats that can provide additional benefits, such as natural flood protection and improved air quality.

Involving local people, businesses and organisations is needed to create a deliverable strategy for Greater Lincolnshire.

Although landowners, farmers, local authorities and environmental groups will be key in delivering the strategy on the ground, it is vital to understand what is important to people locally to help inform priorities for nature recovery.

Share your thoughts about Greater Lincolnshire’s natural environment now at Let’s Talk Lincolnshire.

North Lincolnshire Council is working with Lincolnshire County Council, North East Lincolnshire Council and the Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership to produce the strategy for the region.

Everyone can play a part in turning the strategy’s goals into reality and improve our natural environment for wildlife and people.

Cllr David Rose, cabinet member for environment at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Nature is important to each and every one of us and it is vital we do all we can to preserve and enhance it.

“By filling in this quick survey and letting us know what habitats and species you consider important and what should be done to protect them, we can build up a comprehensive strategy for the whole of Lincolnshire and protect our beautiful environment for generations to come.”

Cllr Colin Davie, executive member for environment at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Putting together a Local Nature Recovery Strategy for Lincolnshire will help to identify suitable locations for nature recovery activities in the future, and in turn, tap into funding for these activities that will help deliver the strategy’s goals.

“At this early stage, we want to hear from everyone – residents, visitors, landowners, farmers, partner agencies and more – to hear what people love about Lincolnshire’s natural environment and species, so we can set the priorities for enhancing it and start forming an initial strategy.”

Cllr Philip Jackson, leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “From our internationally important coastline to the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds, Greater Lincolnshire is home to precious natural landscapes and an abundance of wildlife.

“We’re taking a strategic approach with our partners across the county to develop an ambitious plan that not only protects nature, but also enriches it for generations to come.

“We want everyone to gain from the economic, health and environmental benefits that nature gives us, so please give us your views to shape how we do this.”

This initial engagement for the strategy will end on 15 December 2023. After this, the responses will be analysed and the results will inform local experts later in the development process. A formal consultation of a draft LNRS will take place in early 2024.

Find out more about the Greater Lincolnshire Local Nature Recovery Strategy on their website.