Welcome to the Black Country Living Landscape
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.
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The region has several Sites of Special Scientific Interest, the UK's first geological National Nature Reserve, many Local Nature Reserves and several hundred locally designated wildlife sites. In addition, there is an extensive and world famous canal network, it is the only major conurbation on the England watershed, and it has many natural watercourses.
Black Country Living Landscape is an exciting new 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. This will be undertaken through a co-ordinated programme of initiatives addressing site improvements for biodiversity, geodiversity and increased community engagement with the natural environment, the delivery of lifelong learning through environmental education, development of environmental tourism in the Black Country and the promotion of healthy lifestyles and active volunteering.
Black Country Living Landscape is an initiative of The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country in partnership with a range of regional organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors. Thanks to the generous support of BIG Lottery Fund, Black Country Consortium, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Heritage Lottery Fund, Natural England and the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts the project is now helping to make great places for people, nature and wildlife across the Black Country. This website explains more about the project and how you can get involved.
Access to Nature is run by Natural England and is part of the The Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces programme launched in November 2005 to help communities enjoy and improve their local environments. It manages this £25 million Lottery-funded programme on behalf of a consortium of twelve national environmental organisations comprising BTCV, British Waterways, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Greenspace, Groundwork UK, Land Restoration Trust, The National Trust, Natural England, RSPB, the Wildlife Trusts and the Woodland Trust.
Through this programme, it is Natural England’s ambition to create opportunities for people from all backgrounds to have greater access to our natural environment and bring a lasting change to their awareness and understanding as well as improved links to the natural world, which many of us can take for granted. For further information about Access to Nature visit www.naturalengland.org.uk/accesstonature