Biodiversity 2020: Priority Actions Project

We've formed a strategic partnership with The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts and Natural England to identify new opportunities for us to contribute to the Government’s Biodiversity 2020 Strategy for England and to enhance ecological value on our land.

As an active, responsible land manager, The Crown Estate recognises the importance of the natural environment not only for plants and wildlife, but also for people’s health and wellbeing, for communities, businesses and the economy.

Together with The Wildlife Trusts and Natural England, we have prepared an inventory of priority habitats and priority species across our entire rural portfolio in England. Local Wildlife Trusts have been ‘ground-truthing’ this data to provide an up-to-date and comprehensive picture, as well as identifying potential risks to biodiversity on our assets.

At least a third of the world’s agricultural crops depend on pollination by insects, birds and bats.”

according to the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation

Informed by this data, we are working with The Wildlife Trusts and liaising with Natural England on a Priority Actions Report for our business, which will enable us to focus our ecological management where we can achieve the most effective results.

Across our portfolio in England, this report will identify:

  • Priority habitats and priority species that are not already actively managed, e.g. through conservation schemes.
  • Degraded ecosystems that have the potential to be restored.
  • Existing biodiversity threats that will impact on the delivery of the Government’s Biodiversity 2020 Strategy on our land.
  • The status of ecosystems in comparison to the Biodiversity 2020 targets.
  • Opportunities for potential projects and partnerships with other agencies, landowners and communities.

The report will also explore opportunities for us to contribute positively to the following Biodiversity 2020 Outcomes:

  • 1A: 90% of priority habitats in favourable or recovering condition.
  • 1B: No net loss of priority habitat and an increase in the overall extent of priority habitats by at least 200,000 hectares.
  • 1C: At least 17% of land and inland water conserved through effective and integrated approaches, including through management of existing systems of protected areas and the establishment of Nature Improvement Areas.
  • 1D: Restoring at least 15% of degraded ecosystems as a contribution to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Further Information

The Wildlife Trusts

Biodiversity 2020: A strategy for England’s wildlife and ecosystem services

State of Nature Report

Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations: Pollinators