Nature Improvement Area

The Morecambe Bay Limestones & Wetlands Nature Improvement Area is creating a step change for nature around Morecambe Bay by improving and connecting up the area’s special wetland, limestone grassland and woodland habitats, as well as inspiring community action and supporting sustainable farming, woodfuel and wildlife tourism.

  • The 3-year £800,000 NIA programme was delivered by Morecambe Bay Local Nature Partnership, with Arnside & Silverdale AONB Partnership acting as the lead organisation.
  • Nature Improvement Areas are areas where partners are working together to restore, enhance and connect wildlife habitats. Nature Improvement Areas are supported by Defra, DCLG, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission and Natural England.
  • We became one of the first NIAs in England after achieving success in a national competition announced in the Natural Environment Whitepaper 2011.
  • We've been busy working with farmers, landowners, communities, businesses and volunteers around the bay. You can see where we've been working on our map and read our Progress Report 2013 and Progress Report 2014. The final report is coming soon.
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