Defra has launched a new grant scheme to establish Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs). NIAs are large, discrete areas that will deliver a step change in nature conservation, where a local partnership has a shared vision for their natural environment. The partnership will plan and deliver significant improvements for wildlife and people through the sustainable use of natural resources, restoring and creating wildlife habitats, connecting local sites and joining up local action.
Twelve NIAs will be established, using a £7.5m fund.
Full details of the programme can be found on the Natural England NIA website: http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/conservation/biodiversity/funding/nia/default.aspx