Futurescapes is a project run by the RSPB; it has a large partnership of fellow environment organisations including local communities, businesses and government bodies.
Due to decades of habitat loss, the most threatened UK species are hemmed into fragmented habitats, mostly in protected areas. However, it is evident from current conservation research that this method of conservation is not enough.
The Futurescapes project aims to reconnect specific areas of land that were formally fragmented to provide a rich habitat for wildlife and diverse, green spaces for people to enjoy.
The project aims to tackle the challenges to wildlife and society in the following ways:
- Build a good partnership with stakeholders to develop a shared vision for the future, and to work together to deliver it.
- Create more space for nature, by increasing the size of areas that are managed primarily for nature conservation.
- Making the countryside a better place for wildlife to adapt to climate change pressures, and by managing land in ways that help species move in response to climate change
- Putting nature conservation at the heart of human responses to new pressures on the countryside, such as bioenergy production and new infrastructure development.
The RSPB currently has nearly 40 Futurescapes initiatives around the UK, and plan to expand the programme to more than 80 places. Two projects are in the Cairngorms National Park. The Badenoch and Strathspey Farmed Floodplain Futurescape encompass grasslands, wetlands, arable mosaics of the floodplain and tributaries of the River Spey. Work has focused on facilitating successful Scottish Rural Development Programme applications, providing training and enabling free use of rush management machinery.
You can find our priority areas on the map on the Futurescapes website.