Local Nature Recovery Strategy

Durham County Council (the responsible body) is working to develop a Local Nature Recovery Strategy (LNRS) for the county. The Strategy will support the county’s diverse range of landscapes and wildlife. It will include the creation of:

  • a local habitat map identifying the most valuable existing wildlife areas and also map the areas that could be used for creating or improving habitat for nature in the future
  • a statement of biodiversity priorities which will detail the habitats and species which are the most important for the county and include the opportunities, priorities and plans for nature recovery. Climate change, reducing flooding, and access to nature will all be considered as part of the statement of biodiversity priorities.

The LNRS will identify the County’s current priorities for nature and help direct resources to those identified habitats and species. It will be used to guide and focus funding from a variety of sources, including the government’s Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) policy, Environmental Land Management schemes (ELM), alongside other potential cross-sector and private funding opportunities such as those for woodland creation, natural flood management, and species projects. It will be updated on a regular basis and these priorities may change in the future.

A consultation is being carried out and the Trust has responded (see our Consultations page for details)

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