Birmingham and Black Country Living Landscape
This Living Landscape scheme has been selected as one of the first twelve Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs).
The landscape of the Black Country has remarkable and often unexpected biodiversity assets, an incredibly diverse geology and numerous heritage features relating to the area’s rich legacy of industrial history.
The Living Landscape scheme is an exciting project that aims to transform accessible natural greenspace and local Nature Reserves in partnership with people and communities across the whole of the Black Country.
The scheme plans to deliver life-long learning through environmental education, develop environmental tourism in the Black Country and promote healthy lifestyles and active volunteering.
Virtual tour by Mike McFarlane
An improved natural environment; to build stronger communities; to promote healthier lifestyles and active volunteering; to deliver life-long learning through environmental education and to highlight the region’s geological heritage.
Start date: 2001
Scheme area: 40,000 hectares
This scheme is helping species including otter, watervole, peregrines, great crested newt, freshwater white-tailed crayfish, shining pondweed, brown long-eared bat, black redstart, common lizard, slowworm, toothwort and polecat.
Current threats to the landscape include diffuse pollution, extraction, flood defence, non-native species and undergrazing.
- This scheme is also improving access for people, providing recreational opportunities, supporting green tourism, providing health benefits, encouraging urban regeneration and providing volunteering opportunities and environmental education.
Natural England, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Local Authorities, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Midland Heart.