Ecological Networks


Heathland restoration at Grimston Warren
Photo by Mike Page

The importance of creating larger and better connected areas of natural habitat is now recognised as a key strategy for maintaining biodiversity and enabling wildlife to adapt to climate change. Many organisations are now promoting the creation of ecological networks and the use of landscape-scale approaches to conservation. Current initiatives include the RSPB’s Futurescapes and The Wildlife Trusts’ Living Landscapes. In response to Sir John Lawton’s review of England’s wildlife sites, Making Space for Nature, the Government has also made a commitment to establish 12, large-scale Nature Improvement Areas.

Between 2006 and 2007, the Norfolk Wildlife Trust undertook an ecological network mapping project on behalf of the Biodiversity Partnership. This ambitious project led to two overview reports for the county as well as more detailed district-by-district assessments. The maps produced by the project identify the most important existing biodiversity areas in Norfolk as well as opportunities for enhancing, creating and linking habitats.

Amongst other benefits, the project led to a significant increase in awareness and understanding among many different stakeholders of the importance of ecological networks. The results of the project were also used to inform policy, including the Norfolk Local Area Agreement and many Local Development Frameworks (see, for example, the Core Strategy in the North Norfolk LDF).

To download the reports of the Norfolk ecological network mapping project, please click on the links below.

County-level Reports

pdf Making Space for Wildlife and People (2,370 KB)

pdf Report of the Ecological Network Mapping Project for Norfolk (1,363 KB)

District-level Reports

Breckland District:
pdf Ecological Network Report (114 KB)
word document Ecological Network Map (735 KB)

Broadland District:
Ecological Network Report (176 KB)
word document Ecological Network Map (396 KB)

Gt Yarmouth Borough:
pdf Ecological Network Report (145 KB)
word document Ecological Network Map (280 KB)

North Norfolk District:
pdf Ecological Network Report (163 KB)
pdf Ecological Network Map (446 KB)

Norwich:
pdf Ecological Network Report and Map (138 KB)

South Norfolk District:
pdf Ecological Network Report (129 KB)
word document Ecological Network Map (473 KB)

West Norfolk District:
pdf Ecological Network Report (331 KB)
word document Ecological Network Map (580 KB)