Birmingham and Black Country Local Nature Partnership

  • Freshwater Invertebrate Network, Woodgate Valley © Birmingham & Black Country Wildlife Trust
    Freshwater Invertebrate Network, Woodgate Valley © Birmingham & Black Country Wildlife Trust
  • Castle Vale Meadows, before and after © Birmingham & Black Country Wildlife Trust
    Castle Vale Meadows, before and after © Birmingham & Black Country Wildlife Trust
  • Shared Strategy for Birmingham & Black Country Ecological Network © Birmingham & Black Country Wildlife Trust
    Shared Strategy for Birmingham & Black Country Ecological Network © Birmingham & Black Country Wildlife Trust
Case Study Information
Description: 
The Birmingham and Black Country Local Nature Partnership (BBCLNP) coordinates different projects and people to champion the role of the natural environment.
Location: 
West Midlands
Stage: 
Ongoing
Scale: 
Regional
Landscape context: 

The BBCLNP covers approximatley 60,000ha rich with interesting geology and heritage. It is home to many environmental assets including: Special Areas of Conservation; National Nature Reserves; multiple SSSIs, green open spaces, local nature reserves and wildlife sites. The LNP also has the same boundary as the Nature Improvement Area (NIA).

Partners, organisations and stakeholders involved: 
  • Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust
  • Local authority
  • Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)
  • Nature Improvement Areas (NIA)
  • Birmingham and Black Country biodiversity and geodiversity partnership
Aims of the project/initiative: 

Local Nature Partnerships (LNPs) were established in 2012 under the 2011 White Paper for England.  LNPs are umbrella organisations that coordinate different projects and actors to strategically improve the range of benefits we get from the environment.

The vision of the BBCLNP is, "To represent and champion the essential role of the natural environment in achieving a vibrant, healthy and prosperous Birmingham and Black Country to the benefit of economy and society."

The BBCLNP strives to achieve it's vision by linking people, place, partnership and business. It aims to be a driver for positive change by championing the natural environment and the benefits obtained from ecosystem services.  The LNP also aims to improve understanding of the vital role the natural environment plays in economic growth.  To do this it works closely with a range of stakeholders and organisations, establishing meaningful partnerships.  A main aim of the LNP is to create equitable access to green and blue networks in the region, with everyone having access to greenspace (ideally natural) within five minutes of their home and work place.

Progress so far: 
  • Produced an Annual report
  • BBCLNP held a successful event showcasing the work of the LNP, in June 2016
  • Produced an Action Plan for 2015-16
  • The LNP has worked closley with the Nature Improvement Area (NIA) which is being particularly successful in improving habitats and engaging sectors of society 
  • Produced a Health and Wellbeing report, and facilitated dialogue between sectors to bring people together
  • Are supporting the Black Country's application for European Geopark status submitted to UNESCO
  • Produced a State of Environment dashboard which allows the LNP to monitor the state of the environment. This informs decisions about how the current state may be positivley changed.
Further information
Contact name 

Chris Parry

Role in project: 
Local Nature Partnership Co-ordination
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