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Connecting for Nature…online

Dawn of a new partnership - The Vale of Pickering is a landscape connecting Scarborough, Ryedale and the Howardian Hills

Dawn of a new partnership – Morning mists in The Vale of Pickering -a landscape linking Scarborough, Ryedale and The Howardian Hills

The Connecting for Nature Facebook group is open for business. Why not take a look at it here ? Are you a member yet? You maybe live or work in Scarborough or Ryedale or the Howardian Hills and feel passionate about the natural assets of the area.* If you want to be involved in decisions that affect the fortunes of local wildlife and habitats, on land or sea in these places it would be worth your while make yourself known. An e-mail circular to new partnership members is in preparation for end of the month so be quick…

You might work in farming, forestry, or fisheries… you might be in a community group of some sort? You could be an educator, a group leader, a tourism provider…a local resident? Maybe an elected member or a parish ‘mover and shaker’?…A student…a blogger…an artist…? You might even be engaged in biodiversity action already?

“If you’re intrigued, then we probably want to have you on board and the Facebook Group can be a conduit for information or , we hope,  a gateway to more formal participation in the partnership’s work.”

*The geographical scope of the new biodiversity network, will exclude those bits within the North York Moors National Park boundary as they have their own, Biodiversity Plan, recently reviewed. The two local authorities SBC and RDC had their own LBAPs previously, but felt it would be better to join forces; Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty falls mainly in Ryedale District, with a small portion in Hambleton. The whole of the AONB will be fair game for this new collaborative Biodiversity network.

In times past, there was stronger government-led guidance on local biodiversity planning and nowadays this applies more to specially recognised areas such as NIAs, but for intervening areas we are more free to set our own agenda based upon local priorities. What are yours? Leave a comment here on the blog or on the Facebook group. We need to update our email contacts list for the new partnership, so if this is the first you’ve heard of it, get in touch. (We have well over 100 contacts already, 60 attended the summit in March.) A dedicated Connecting for Nature email address is imminent but in the meantime you can contact Tim Burkinshaw, details as per the Carrs Wetland blog.



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.