The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country (the Trust) is the only charity uniquely focused on protecting and enriching the habitats and wildlife of Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall. This is combined with a national reach - as one of the network of 46 independent organisations which cover the whole of the UK and make up the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (TWT).
Our specific focus is to create a ‘living landscape’ for Birmingham and the Black Country. The Birmingham and Black Country Nature Improvement Area (NIA), designated by DEFRA in 2012, is our main opportunity to achieve this. Working at a landscape-scale means protecting, improving and creating vibrant, wildlife-rich green spaces throughout the conurbation. These connect both wildlife and people to high quality natural areas, providing many benefits and contributing to mitigating the effects of climate change.
Our 25-year vision and strategy for 2017 – 2022 “A Greener Future” sets out what needs to be done to promote nature’s recovery across Birmingham and the Black Country. It shows how the Trust will prioritise its efforts and work in partnership with individuals, communities, voluntary organisations, businesses, local authorities and government agencies who all have a vital role to play in nature’s recovery. The Trust set 4 strategic goals to be delivered over the five years:
1. Space for nature is protected, restored, created and valued.
2. Everyone is connected to nature.
3. The natural environment is at the heart of planning, policy and decision-making.
4. We are an effective organisation.
Our mission is that, recognising the importance of our unique natural heritage, shaped by local history, we will protect and restore the natural environment by:
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