These major projects cover 99,200 hectares (245,000 acres) of land in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Somerset, the West Midlands, and the Peak District.
The five landscape-scale projects aim to address wildlife loss, climate crisis, and manage land sustainably.
“They will significantly contribute to achieving our target to halt the decline in species abundance by 2030 and our commitment to protect 30% of our land by 2030, enabling us to leave the environment in a better state than we found it,” Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has allocated £2.4m for the projects to create new habitats, manage land for nature and carbon storage and increase footpaths, BBC reported.
“These five landmark projects will seek to recover species and habitats through collaboration among a wide range of landowners and organisations, delivering benefits for wildlife, local economies, adaptation to climate change and for public wellbeing,” Natural England chairman, Tony Juniper said.
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