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 a series of Natural Capital Investment Plans for peatland and woodland for the area, suppported by Eftec and part-funded by Defra. As well as producing local investment cases, we are also producing a report for other LNPs on how this kind of work might be applied in their area. Two documents, for peatlands and woodlands, can be found on this site. Other valuations have been carried out for riivers and grasslands. Importantly 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 report on High Nature Value Farming here and find out about the next steps. We now also have funding from the EU for a results-based agri-environment scheme pilot. This work will focus 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. .

Woodlands – We have been working on a ‘Prospectus for Woodland’ for the LNP, but this has been superceded by the natural capital investment work on woodland creation.

Peatlands – The LNP Partners are at the heart of the Pennine Peat Partnership, overseeing a £12 million bid to the EU LIFE fund to support peatland restoration throughout the LNP area.

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.