Last edited 15 Feb 2021

Ecological network

The 2010 report to Defra, ‘Making Space for Nature: A review of England’s wildlife sites and ecological network’, suggested that ‘…an ecological network comprises a suite of high quality sites which collectively contain the diversity and area of habitat that are needed to support species and which have ecological connections between them…’

The government believes it is important to create an ecological network at national and local levels across England, but that this will require a fundamental shift in approaches to conservation and land management.

The 2011 Natural Environment White Paper ‘The Natural Choice: securing the value of nature ‘ proposed that, ‘The elements of lifebiodiversity, healthy soils, clean air and water, and diverse landscapes – need to be managed in ways which recognise the vital connections between them. Connections can be made over land; through water or by air; or through continuous green corridors or stepping stones, to create a dynamic and resilient landscape

The components of an ecological network comprise:

According to Planning Practice Guidance, relevant evidence in identifying and mapping local ecological networks includes:

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