Nature Recovery Network

Building a Nature Recovery Network to bring back Britain's wildlife

A Nature Recovery Network

The Wildlife Trusts believe in a future Britain where nature is a normal part of childhood and where wildlife thrives across the landscape. Where our urban spaces are green jungles and our seas are bursting with life. Where seeing a water vole or toad is an every day experience. 

Here are our proposals for a Nature Recovery Network to put space for nature at the heart of our farming and planning systems; to bring nature into the places where most people live their daily lives. We need new laws, including an Environment Act passed by the Westminster government, to ensure this happens. In it, local Nature Recovery Maps would be produced to achieve key Government targets for increasing the extent and quality of natural habitats, turning nature’s recovery from an aspiration to a reality. 

The State of Nature report

NRN tube map
Nature Recovery Network

Read 'Towards a Wilder Britain' our proposals for a Nature Recovery Network of joined-up habitats to help wildlife and people to thrive. 

Our proposals for a Nature Recovery Network aim to put space for nature at the heart of our farming and planning systems; to bring nature into the places where most people live their daily lives.

We need to start building a network of connected wild spaces across our landscape.

Who can make a NRN happen?


Paul Harris/2020Vision

Farmers, foresters and other land managers...

...can provide more space for nature if the government focuses public payments in the right places, and ensures good regulation and sensible standards.

Planning and development

Developers and investors

...can make the best decisions for their business and wildlife if they know where development is best located and how best to build and invest for wildlife.

Four spotted chaser

Ross Hoddinott/2020Vision

Public bodies

...(not least local government) are important convenors. They can help to ensure that decisions affecting nature are better integrated across government to maximise benefits to people and wildlife.

Shallow river

The Rivers Exe, near Winsford (Spawning Valley). Showing river correctly fenced to stop cattle from polluting the river, or eroding the river banks. Healthy example of river habitat. Exmoor National Park, Somerset, UK. May 2012. - Ross Hoddinott/2020VISION


...will regulate most effectively if they have a shared plan so they can see how their different areas of responsibility interact in practice, and how they can contribute most effectively to nature’s recovery on the ground.


Paul Harris/2020Vision

All of us

...can help by taking action for, and providing space for, wildlife where we live and work. On their own our actions can feel isolated or small, but linked together every garden, window box, field margin, street tree and riverbank makes a difference.

You can help!