In 2018, a team from the RSPB set out in British Wildlife how the Landscapes Review (unpublished at that time) could provide the chance to instal nature at the heart of management of protected landscapes in England (Cox et al. 2018). The government has recently responded to the review and opened a consultation; David Hampson, Policy Officer at RSPB, analyses the response and highlights opportunities for improvement.
England’s 44 protected landscapes – National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) – provide an opportunity for transformative action to restore nature at scale. They cover a quarter of the country, from Northumberland to the Isles of Scilly, and account for a much greater proportion of the important habitats for wildlife.