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Creating a farmland Living Landscape

Our vision for a Living Landscape is driven by the need to reduce the fragmentation of habitat. Whilst aiming for landscape scale change, it is our local expertise and support for on the ground activity that is turning around the fortunes of some of the county’s best loved wildlife.

Stranded in pockets of disconnected habitat, small and isolated populations of dormouse, tree sparrow, water vole and great crested newt are vulnerable to changing conditions and we risk losing them altogether. Suffolk has important populations of these species and so our local actions are important to their survival in the UK.

By targeting habitat restoration and recreation on plugging gaps in the habitat networks to reconnect these at-risk populations, we can halt their loss in Suffolk and create the conditions for them to spread back into the wider countryside.

Suffolk is predominantly an agricultural county, so the involvement of farmers and landowners is critical to this. Our team of conservation advisors is working with landowners and community groups to recreate habitat and restore habitat links.

Our success in bringing back Suffolk's barn owl shows just what can be achieved in a Living Landscape, through harnessing local enthusiasm and inspiring local action. After county numbers fell to fewer than 100 pairs, there are now more barn owls in Suffolk than there have been for a generation.

Restoring, recreating and reconnecting habitat will create a rich Living Landscape for all farmland wildlife.