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A Vision for the future of Brue Valley Living Landscape

Climate change provided the imperative for the Wildlife Trust’s Living Landscape programme: wildlife must be able to move through a connected and healthy landscape in response to changing conditions. But research commissioned by SWT shows that human responses to climate change – such as changes in water management and changes in land use – will be just as important in determining the future of Brue Valley Living Landscape as climate change itself. Our vision extends 50 years into the future and considers the nature, economics and society of Brue Valley Living Landscape. Click here to download the BVLL Vision document.

In 2013 a group of organisations, including charities like SWT, landowner representatives such as the NFU, water managers from the Drainage Boards and government bodies like Natural England, came together as the Somerset Levels Task Force to create a Vision for the future of the whole Somerset Levels. SWT’s Vision for the future of Brue Valley Living Landscape fits well with this Vision for the wider Levels. Click here for information on the Somerset Levels and Moors Task Force.

Our Vision for Brue Valley Living Landscape is based on commissioned research and consultation with stakeholders.

In 2011, after working with conservation partners and stakeholders, we published the Brue Valley Living Landscape Opportunities Document, which showed the sort of actions conservation partners could take to create a Living Landscape in the Brue Valley. Click here for information on Brue Valley Opportunities.

In 2011 we commissioned research which examined different climate change and socio-economic scenarios and how they would affect the environment of Brue Valley Living Landscape. Click here for more information on WAVE research and climate change.

This led on to more research examining different land use options in two places within Brue Valley Living Landscape. Click here for more information on land use.

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Brue Valley Big Bat Survey

See the results of these surveys, with information about how the survey was set-up, the results and some conclusions:

Link to 2013 report
Link to 2014 report