About the Nene Valley
The Nene Valley Nature Improvement area is re-creating and re-connecting natural areas along the Nene and its tributaries from Daventry to Peterborough. Local organisations and individuals are working together to make a better place for nature. To view the full illustration showing our vision for the Nene Valley click here: Nene Valley Vision illustration. Read all about the project and our achievements in the Nene Valley NIA Booklet and hear about it in this short film produced by University of Northampton students.
The Nene Valley Nature Improvement Area (NIA) will deliver a step change in nature conservation, where local organisations and communities come together with a shared vision for the natural environment. We aim to create more and better-connected habitats over large areas in the Nene Valley, which provide the space for wildlife to thrive and adapt to climate change.
The Nene Valley NIA also helps people as well as wildlife – through enhancing a wide range of benefits that nature provide us, such as recreation opportunities, flood protection, cleaner water and carbon storage. By uniting local communities, landowners and businesses through a shared vision for a better future for people and wildlife, we hope the Nene Valley will become a place of inspiration that is loved by current and future generations.
The Nene Valley is one of 12 NIAs that were selected through a national competition announced in the Natural Environment White Paper in 2011. More information about the competition and the national NIA programme can be found on the Natural England website.
A breeding bird survey was carried out across the Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits in 2013. Compared to surveys of breeding birds in 2003 this shows a decline in a number of species such as kingfisher, heron and cuckoo. The full report is available:
Contacts for the Nene Valley NIA are listed below:
Nene Valley NIA Project Board Chair - Oliver Burke (Wildlife Trust BCN)
Email: oliver.burke[at]wildlifebcn.org Tel: 01954 713507
Nene Valley NIA Project Officer – Matt Johnson (Wildlife Trust BCN)
Email: matt.johnson[at]wildlifebcn.org Tel: 01604 774033
Objective 1 – Planning & Development
Lead Partner – North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit (NNJPU)
Objective 2 – Access & Recreation
Lead Partner – Wildlife Trust BCN
Objective 3 – River Restoration
Lead Partner – River Nene Regional Park (RNRP)
Objective 4 – Land Management
Lead Partner - Wildlife Trust BCN
Objective 5 – Ecosystem Services
Lead Partner – University of Northampton
There are many different organisations involved in the Nene Valley Nature Improvement Area, including: