Themes & Projects

We are working on a series of themes that reflect the conservation priorities across our landscape:

Natural Capital Investment Plans – The NUCLNP has produced Natural Capital Investment Plans for peatland and woodland for the area, suppported by Eftec and part-funded by Defra. The documents can be found below. Other valuations have been carried out for riivers and grasslands. This work is about valuing positive change, rather than the status quo - e.g. the valuation assigned to peatland is associated not with existing stroed carbon, but with the benefits of restoration.

High Nature Value Farming – helping local farmers and environmental agencies to collaborate in ways that will secure a more robust economic future for the low intensity, upland farming systems that are particularly valuable for wildlife, the environment and people. You can read our initial detailed report on High Nature Value Farming below and find out about the action we are calling for. We now also have funding from the EU for a results-based agri-environment scheme pilot. This work is focused primarily on Wensleydale, but with trial farms elsewhere in the LNP. It is an outcome focused approach that pays by results and places trust and responsibility in the hands of the farmer to reach agreed conservation objectives. Further information is available here.

Woodlands – Our Natural Capital Investment Plan sets out the economic and environmental case for more woodland.

Peatlands – The LNP Partners are at the heart of the Pennine Peat Partnership, overseeing a successful bid to the EU LIFE fund to support peatland restoration throughout the LNP area. Around 1,300 ha will be restored between 2017-21.

Data and Evidence – We have gathered extensive new data about our habitats across the LNP area and we are working on making this information available to others to use in their work too. Our Habitat Network Mapping is now available for you to explore.

Downloadable Documents

VISION for HNV Farming & Natural Capital

A Natural Capital Investment Plan for peatland in the Northern Upland Chain

A Natural Capital Investment Plan for woodland in the Northern Upland Chain

High Nature Value Farming 'Call for Action'

High Nature Value Farming - Full Report