As members of the National Association for AONBs we pledged, as part of the Colchester declaration, to produce a Nature Recovery Plan for the North Wessex Downs AONB.

Our Nature Recovery Plan for the North Wessex Downs AONB has been produced after wide consultation and it will help direct the AONB’s priorities for nature, working with partners, stakeholders and community groups.  This document is not intended to be exhaustive, but sets out the status of key habitats and identifies species that occur within the AONB that are of particular significance. It identifies actions, targets and practical opportunities to reverse the declines and losses we have witnessed over recent decades.

The biggest current threat to our habitats and species is climate change. This plan, informed by the Climate Change Adaptation Manual 2020, sets out habitat vulnerability to climate change and suggests measures that will help our key habitats to be more resilient in the face of increasing global temperatures and changing weather patterns.

Further Enquiries

If you would like further information about the project or would like to comment on the plan, please email us and put Nature Recovery Plan in the subject line.

Alternatively you can write to us at: North Wessex Downs AONB, Units 3-4, Denford Manor, Lower Denford, Berkshire, RG17 0UN.

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Images: Spring cuckoo flower, entrance to Savernake Forest - Corinna Woodall; Fungi at Savernake - Ann Shepley