Horsham District Nature Recovery Network

Horsham District Nature Recovery Network

It is the ambition of the Wilder Horsham District to deliver a Nature Recovery Network for the District through an innovative five-year partnership between Sussex Wildlife Trust and Horsham District Council.

Working closely with local communities and landowners, we aim to reverse the decline in species and habitats and enrich the natural environment for all residents and visitors.  Key to this environmental work is the development of ecological networks which create wildlife corridors to allow species to move freely from place to place. These are known as Nature Recovery Networks.

This project will help to protect and enhance wildlife at a district level. It will also contribute to the wider vision for a ‘Wilder Future’, the Sussex Wildlife Trusts’ national campaign for a UK-wide Nature Recovery Network.

Nature Recovery Network Report 2021

Following extensive research work, the Wilder Horsham District has set out in a report how a Nature Recovery Network could potentially be developed for the Horsham District.

The publication of the Nature Recovery Network report marks a major milestone towards delivering the partnership’s priorities to recover the natural environment and enable landowners and community groups, residents and businesses to play a significant role as we move to a low carbon future.

The work takes advantage of the existing areas with biodiversity value and biodiversity potential, and considers how they could be best improved and linked together. The report forms the backbone of our pioneering work to create a ‘Wilder Horsham District’.

Read the Nature Recovery Networks Report and Maps here

Frequently asked Questions

We have compiled a list of Q&As to help you to learn more about Nature Recovery Networks (NRN), why they are so important, what could be achieved, and where action could be targeted to reverse the biodiversity crisis.

More details including a range of associated maps, can be found in the 2021 Nature Recovery Network Report.

Questions covered include:

  1. What are Nature Recovery Networks?
  2. What is the Horsham District Nature Recovery Network Map?
  3. Why do we need Nature Recovery Networks?
  4. Why are waterways so important for the Nature Recovery Network?
  5. What are Core Sites?
  6. What are New Sites?
  7. What are Biodiversity Opportunity Areas?
  8. How can sites be made bigger through ‘buffering’?
  9. How do corridors and stepping stones help the NRNs?
  10. Is there funding available for landowners and community groups to support this work?
  11. Are Nature Recovery Networks referenced in the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework?
  12. What are the next steps for the Wilder Horsham District project?

Read our Frequently Asked Questions