Natural Course Presents: The Integrated Ecological Network Tool

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An Integrated Ecological Network Tool for Lowland Wetlands and Woodlands in Northwest England.  Webinar 11 August, 2021
Wednesday, 11 August 2021 - 13:30 to 14:30 (Europe/Brussels)

The next webinar from Natural Course takes place  11th August, 12.30 – 13.30 (BST).  This time we have guest presenter Tom Smart (Natural England) talking about An Integrated Ecological Network Tool for Lowland Wetlands and Woodlands in North-West England


Wetland and woodland habitats across the Cheshire to Greater Manchester region have become highly fragmented, reducing habitat connectivity which will be vital as species begin to shift their ranges in response to climate change. Given limited resources, cost-effective prioritisation of habitat restoration/creation will be crucial to deliver both biodiversity benefits and wider ecosystem services such as water quality improvements and flood risk mitigation. As part of Natural Course Natural England has produced and Integrated Ecological Network Tool to identify priority areas for wetland and woodland habitat creation and restoration, based on the Lawton principles of ‘bigger’, ‘better’, ‘more’ and ‘connected’ habitat networks. When combining this Tool with other data on, for example, priority water bodies for WFD interventions, the Tool can be used to identify priorities for nature-based solutions that provide multiple ecosystem service benefits while simultaneously enhancing habitat connectivity for biodiversity.

It is taking place on MS Teams – to register follow this link:

The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session - questions can be submitted prior to the event via #605364 or on the day.