Nature Recovery in Dorset

On 2 November, Dorset LNP held a workshop to support nature recovery in Dorset. Over thirty people attended the session, which was a starting point for the future development of the Local Nature Recovery Strategy (LNRS) and revisions of the councils’ Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategies. More engagement on the LNRS will be undertaken once the guidance is published by Government, which we are expecting in the Spring.


9.30       Introduction – Luke Rake (LNP Chair)

9.40       30 by 30 commitment: setting the target for Dorset’s ecological recovery – Steve Ford (Dorset Council) and Martin Whitchurch (BCP Council)

10.10    Where are we now; baseline, work underway and achievements – Imogen Davenport (Dorset LNP)

10.20    How the Local Nature Recovery Strategy could help deliver the 30 by 30 commitment: LNRS Pilots the Cornwall experience – Carl Warom (Dorset Council, formerly of Cornwall Council)

10.30    Workshop session (write up)

  1. How could we achieve this 30% target for land-based nature recovery? 
  2. How could we achieve this 30% target for marine based nature recovery?
  3. Who needs to be involved and how should they work together to co-ordinate and drive delivery, and measure and monitor progress?
  4. What are the main barriers to the recovery of nature and what should the key ask for government be?

12.50    Conclusion and next steps

13.00    Close and Pledge Board

Following the workshop a draft proposal has been developed (with thanks to Carl Warom from Dorset Council for his support on this). This was discussed and amended at the Dorset LNP Board meeting in December. The recommendations reports below have been submitted to Dorset Council and BCP Council to inform reviews of their Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategies.