We are really proud to be the consultancy arm of Cornwall Wildlife Trust (CWT). All of our profits are returned to CWT, meaning we work for a purpose and have the opportunity to help CWT deliver nature both on their own land, and on land they help others to manage.
Since CEC was established in 1992 it’s delivered over £1.3m back to the trust, enabling the delivery of nature conservation projects across Cornwall.
The trust is creating” ‘Living Landscapes’, whole landscapes that are being restored for both people and wildlife. This involves the re-creation of robust, resilient and connected landscapes on a vast scale.
The aim is to secure the future for Cornwall’s unique wildlife by creating a series of Living Landscapes across the county. This will reconnect our urban and rural areas, freshwater and coast.
Wildlife-rich habitat is an intrinsic part of Cornwall’s mainly rural landscape. Currently, around 10% of the county is afforded non-statutory protection through designation as County Wildlife Sites. Whilst it is important to ensure that wildlife can thrive in havens such as County Wildlife Sites, nature reserves, gardens and churchyards, these areas have the potential to become isolated ‘islands of biodiversity’ that put constraints on wildlife. This prevents wildlife from responding to the threats it is faced with, particularly from climate change.
The Living Landscapes approach focuses on restoring large areas of habitat, which in turn helps to maintain species populations. By increasing habitat area through recreation and restoration, and by creating links and wildlife corridors through intervening land, we can help species to spread or ‘percolate’ through the countryside. Allowing species to move freely
between habitats means populations do not become isolated, making them less vulnerable.
Cornwall is home to some of the richest marine wildlife from tiny rare colourful corals to giant basking sharks, but our seas urgently need protecting.
Cornwall Wildlife Trust runs an extensive marine conservation programme known as ‘Living Seas’.
Cornwall Wildlife Trust runs a wide and varied range of marine projects to monitor our marine environment and get Cornwall engaged with the wonderful watery world that surrounds us.
The trust manages over fifty nature reserves to create space for nature in the county.