Connecting for Nature

Flower-rich roadside verge in the Vale of Pickering.

Flower-rich roadside verge in the Vale of Pickering.

The marvellous Yorkshire B-Lines project is the topic of one of the talks at ‘Connecting For Nature’ an event bringing together local people in Ryedale, Scarborough and Howardian Hills to pool their ideas for biodiversity action. The event will be held at Pickering Memorial Hall, 27th Mar 9.30-2.30, with lunch included! Places limited. The event is free but pre-booking is essential. You can book or ask for further information by emailing liz.bassindale@northyorks.gov.uk who is coordinating bookings for the event. Please sign up soon! Let us know if you have any special dietary needs.

Those attending will also be hearing from NYCC’s Local Nature Partnership Officer, Matt Millington, former Dalby Forest ecologist and local natural historian Brian Walker, North Yorkshire based nature writer Amy-Jane Beer as well as Buglife’s Paul Evans on the aforementioned Yorkshire b-Lines initiative. The speakers will be helping us address the conference theme of Connecting for Nature, thinking about the strategic, the local, the surprising and the joined up in working together to protect and enhance natural habitats.

The event is jointly hosted by Scarborough Borough Council, Ryedale District Council and the Howardian Hills AONB, following discussions about joining forces for coordinating a plan of action for local biodiversity. The workshop groups will focus on five key groupings of habitats, inviting participants to share their ideas and priorities. Delegates will be invited to indicated their preferences when registering on the day from 9.30am. The workshops will cover:

Woody places (habitats defined by trees – forests, woodlands, orchards), Wet places (including ponds, marshes, rivers and floodplains) Farmland places (especially arable and grassland), Coastal places (seashore and marine) and Community places (including urban and suburban parks, gardens, allotments, rural villages, churchyards, transport corridors etc).

If you have an interest in the natural habitats of North Yorkshire and the wildlife that depends on them perhaps you should have your say? If you cannot join us on the day, please get in touch so we include you in further communications about the new partnership. We need people with all sorts of community interests and connections as well as specialists in particular wildlife, locations and land management. Hope to see you there! Don’t forget to register your interest asap. The contact email again is liz.bassindale@northyorks.gov.uk  If you quote ‘Connecting for Nature’ in the subject that would be most helpful.

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