What is a Living Landscape?A Living Landscape is an interconnected matrix of high quality countryside and townscape where wildlife can thrive and where people can gain the multiple benefits of a healthy environment.
Is Living Landscapes a project? A strategy? An ethos? Or just a different name for what Sussex Wildlife Trust does already?Living Landscape is a strategy for the Wildlife Trusts, with each county Wildlife Trust making it relevant at their local level. It is how Sussex Wildlife Trust is tackling the multitude of challenges that Wildlife is facing, from development pressure to the impacts of a changing climate. The Living Landscapes strategy also focuses on reconnecting people to wildlife, so that by enjoying and understanding wildlife they will take action to see it conserved.
Why do we need a Living Landscape?For 50 years Sussex Wildlife Trust has worked hard managing its own nature reserves and lobbying for better protection of Wildlife in Sussex. Despite many successes this has been against a backdrop of failure as fragmentation of habitats continues apace. The Agenda to which conservationists work needs to evolve to face the challenges of this time. We believe that a Living Landscape is good for wildlife and good for people.
Am I in the Living Landscape?Living Landscapes is not just about Nature Reserves. Your garden can be a Living Landscape, so can your local park. If you are somewhere where there is wildlife and where this wildlife has opportunities to spread and where people can connect with this wildlife then yes, you are in a Living Landscape.
How do people fit into the Living Landscape vision?People are at the heart of the Living Landscape vision. As much as the vision is to reconnect our fragmented habitats and landscape it is equally about ensuring that people connect with nature. Sussex Wildlife Trust has a full programme of events for people of all ages, both within formal education and elsewhere to help people connect with wildlife at a wide range of levels.
How does a Living Landscape help wildlife?It is accepted that nature reserves help wildlife. However Living Landscapes is a strategy that moves us to wider areas than just Sussex Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves. We want to see species thrive, colonise and disperse and a Living Landscape allows this. We want to see natural processes taking place in our habitats and a Living Landscape allows this.
I'm just one person, a Living Landscape sounds like a big thing and it’s difficult to know how one person can make any difference. Surely it’s not my place/job to help create a Living Landscape - shouldn’t I leave it up to the experts?Everyone has a role in a Living Landscape. It is not just an agenda about wildlife. It is also an agenda about people. Individuals and communities all have a role to play. This could be in developing your garden so that it is a stepping stone for wildlife in the wider landscape or it could be about the decisions you make regarding the lifestyle that you lead and the impact that you make on our natural world. There are also plenty of opportunities through Sussex Wildlife Trust for everyone to get involved.