LNP Conference- June 13th 2023

Local Nature Recovery Strategy –  identifying priorities and actions

In June 2023 we hosted a LNP Conference that focused on the Devon Local Nature Recovery Strategy! 

There were lots of useful discussions about the priorities and actions that are needed in our Strategy.  We also had a fantastic line up of presentations and a wide range of workshops covering different aspects of the environment.

You can find the questions and answers from the day on our Q & A webpage. You can view the presentations used on the day below.

To read about and find out more information about Devon’s Local Nature Recovery Strategy please see our webpage.

Thank you to all 200 of you who came along on the day, it was great to see so many people positive and enthusiastic about the future of our county.

Agenda on the day

  • Agenda
    • 9.00   Registration opens (coffee and opportunity to look at displays)    
    • 9.30   Welcome and LNRS overview – Professor Michael Winter,  LNP Chair & Glanely Professor of Agricultural Change at  Exeter University
    • 9.45    Why wildlife matters – Tony Juniper (video), Chair Natural England
    • 9.50    Devon LNRS- Bella Birch-Hurst, LNRS Communications and Engagement Officer
    • 10.05  Core Nature Areas, Statutory sites – Michaela Barwell, Devon Manager, Natural England
    • 10.15  Core Nature Areas, County Wildlife Sites – Peter Chamberlain, Chair, Devon CWS Panel
    • 10.25  5 minute Be More Moss– Chloë Uden, Director, Art and Energy CIC
    • 10.30                      Coffee
    • 11.10  Landscapes and bugs– Andrew Whitehouse, Head of Operations, Buglife
    • 11.20  Landscapes and bats – Ruth Testa, Devon Bat Group and Lakeway Ecology
    • 11.30  Landscape and rivers – Julian Payne, EA
    • 11.45  5 minutes on delivery: Lower Otter Restoration Project– Sam Bridgewater, Clinton Devon
    • 11.50  Choice of workshops 
    • 13.00                        Lunch 
    • 14.00  Q & A
    • 14.15  Nature Based Solutions:  carbon sequestration – Gavin Saunders and Fred Constantine-Smith
    • 14.25  Nature Based Solutions:  health and wellbeing – Kate Hind, DCC and Tom Mack, Active Devon
    • 14.35  5 minutes on delivery: Farming and Protected Landscapes – Roger English, South Devon AONB.
    • 14.40  5 minutes on deliveryNature recovery in North Devon – Paul South, Ranger, National Trust
    • 14.45  Choice of workshops 
    • 15.50                       Tea 
    • 16.10  Our Ambition for the Future- what do we want Devon to look like in 2050?–  Harry Barton, outgoing Vice Chair LNP and DWT CEO
    • 16.25  Closing remarks – Professor Michael Winter



  • Workshop titles and leads

    Choice of two workshops (each one hour) – identifying priorities, actions and locations to restore nature and deliver nature based solutions

    1. Marine – Devon Marine LNRS: ideas, initial discussions, challenges and plans– Zuzanna Dusza, Devon Maritime Forum, Carli Cocciardi & Mae Van Loef, MMO, Kate Sugar, NE
    2. Rivers and wetlands- issues, priorities, and actions– Marcus Salmon, Mary-Rose Lane, Julian Payne & Steven Johnson, EA
    3. Grazed habitats- heaths, moors and grasslands – issues, priorities, and actions– Richard Knott, DNPA & Peter Burgess, DWT
    4. Managing public green spaces for nature– Chris Avent & Mike Oxford, Plymouth City Council
    5. The Devon Tree and Woodland Strategy– Rosie Walker, Woodland Trust
    6. Landscapes and nature– Mel Croll, Chair of Devon Landscape Policy Group
    7. Supporting farmers to restore nature– Gary Rumbold & Adam Lockyear, FWAG & Hattie Sverinsen, NFU
    8. Supporting communities to restore nature– Kate Hind DCC & Audrey Compton, Teignbridge Wildlife Wardens
    9. The role of Local Plans and Biodiversity Net Gain– Michelle Luscombe, Teignbridge District Council and Tom Whitlock, DCC
    10. How to maximise Green Investment– Tim Youngs, Blackdown Hills AONB, Claire Gibson, Heart of the SW Local Enterprise Partnership & Holly Barclay, Green Finance Officer, DWT

    Drop in throughout the day:  Make the Mossy carpet– Join The Art and Energy Collective as we journey into wild moss forests, seeking inspiration and tools that will help us to BE MORE MOSS. We are inviting people all over the UK to help us show how many of us care about taking steps towards a brighter greener future by helping us to make a massive moss inspired carpet and celebrate all the amazing tiny actions people are taking to BURY the GIANT. We will be using waste wool, yarns and/or fabric make a pompom or mossy tuft to add to the magnificent mossy mosaic and to share the little things that you are doing for people and the planet. 

    You can watch a video all about Making the Mossy carpet on their Youtube channel.



  • Links to slides



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