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2.8.0 Nature Improvement Areas (NIA)

Ancient woodland in Ebbor Gorge © Mendip Hills AONB Unit

Set out in the Natural Environment White Paper these are large, discrete areas that, by taking a landscape–scale approach, will deliver a step change in nature conservation, where a local partnership has a shared vision for their natural environment. The AONB Partnership is investigating the potential of a locally determined NIA covering the NCA 141 and would take this forward as part of a holistic approach to implementing the AONB Management Plan, NCA Statements of Opportunity and NIA objectives.

See Biodiversity and Geodiversity Objective BG4