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Addressing the challenges – planning for biodiversity at the coast - Andy Millar, Natural England, Senior Adviser (Coasts)

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Landscapes for Life - Conference 2013 - East of England. 16th - 18th July 2013

Landscapes for Life - Conference 2013 - East of England. 16th - 18th July 2013

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  • 1. Planning for Wildlife and Coastal Change AONB Landscapes for Life Conference July 2013
  • 2. Coastal zone supports some of our richest and most diverse habitats and species...
  • 3. Naturally dynamic and mobile......climate change may accelerate this.
  • 4. We use natural coastal habitats as flood and erosion protection:
  • 5. But the result can be ‘squeeze’. Damaged habitat and no real flood protection either:
  • 6. Building resilience and allowing habitats and species to adapt:
  • 7. Creating new freshwater wetlands (but not always at the coast):
  • 8. Mutual benefits: there’s no better sea defence than a healthy salt marsh
  • 9. Recycling sediment to restore inter-tidal habitat:
  • 10. Creating space for inter-tidal habitat; managed realignment.
  • 11. Soft cliff erosion creates sediment and exposes features:
  • 12. But coastal processes show no respect for site boundaries..
  • 13. This soft cliff SSSI is trapped between tide and tractor:
  • 14. But the boundary can be ‘future-proofed’
  • 15. People need to be on-side, humans v wildlife is not the right place to be:
  • 16. In summary: • The only permanent thing about nature at the coast is change. • Coastal habitats and species need space to adapt and build resilience to current and future change • We shouldn’t attempt to fossilise natural features at the coast • Habitats and species will be created and lost. There are challenges but also opportunities • Protected coastal landscapes may not stay the same, but AONBs can help restore sites and landscape scale approach • Work with people and communities, coastal change is emotive
  • 17. ...and just to show no-one’s immune...

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