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2.2.0 Making Space for Nature

Woodland in the Ebbor Gorge © Mendip Hills AONB Unit

A review of England’s Wildlife Sites and Ecological Network by Professor Sir John Lawton (Sept 2010) identified Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the largest of all the protected areas, as having great potential “to establish a coherent and resilient ecological network”. “Think big: ecological recovery in protected landscapes” a joint response to this by National Parks and AONBs recognised that in order to realise this ambition, the land being under some form of agricultural, forestry or game management, it is critical that habitat improvement and creation becomes part of sustainable land management systems and businesses and provides adequate reward for land managers.

See Biodiversity and Geodiversity Objective BG2 &

Natural Resources Objective N2