Category Archives: News

EVENTS: Art and the Landscape


Come and join us at Hadleigh Country Park for an exhibition of works developed through an NIA funded “art interpretation” project – and find out more about some exciting developments at Hadleigh Country Park!2015.03.27 Hadleigh Arts Event

LESSONS LEARNT: landscape delivery – NIAs

The Greater Thames Marshes NIA is just one of 12 Nature Improvement Areas established by Defra in 2012 to test and develop approaches to delivering landscape scale conservation. NIAs have worked collaboratively throughout the programme to share best practice and lessons learnt, and have now co-operated to produce a short publication to capture some of the…Continue Reading

YOUR FEEDBACK: Events and Delivery

In March we held a series of NIA events at Shorne Woods in Kent, and Wat Tyler in Essex. These meetings were a great opportunity to share some of the successes and lessons learnt from the NIA programme in these first years, and also look ahead to our future priorities, including working more effectively with…Continue Reading


The event will take place in Kent on 11th March, and Essex on 18th March. These half day workshops will celebrate the first 3 years of the NIA partnership, highlight successful delivery and share lessons learnt, and provide an opportunity to build on this momentum by agreeing actions to secure a sustainable future for people and…Continue Reading

Habitat Connectivity

The Lawton Review coined the mantra “more, bigger, better and joined” to describe the required actions to deliver conservation at a landscape-scale. This phrase had far reaching impact, far beyond that imagined by it’s authors, and is even the strapline for the Greater Thames Marshes NIA. But how has this been implemented? And what does it…Continue Reading

NEW! Sustainable Access Report

As part of our work contributing to objective 3 “partnership delivery on the ground” the NIA has supported the work of the North Kent Environmental Planning Group looking specifically at managing impacts of recreational disturbance on birds. Recreational disturbance is an important issue; internationally important populations of birds rely upon the Thames Estuary and Marshes…Continue Reading

VIDEO: A grand day out

We gave people from Poplar and Thamesmead the opportunity to experience the Greater Thames Marshes from the unique perspective of the river. Find out what they discovered in this short video: For more information about how we are linking local communities to the Greater Thames Marshes visit the “Focus On…Local Communities” section of the website with full details…Continue Reading

GET INVOLVED: Advisory Group

The next meeting of the NIA Advisory Group will be held in London on 4th November 2014. At this session we will be looking forward beyond the initial 2012-15 funding period and seeking your thoughts as to how we secure delivery of nature improvement projects in the Greater Thames. For more information about the Advisory…Continue Reading

NIA Annual Forum

Representatives from the Greater Thames Marshes joined NIAs from across England in celebrating achievements to date at the Annual Nature Improvement Area Forum. Chaired by Professor John Lawton and including speeches from Lord de Mauley (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for natural environment and science) and Andrew Sells (Chair, Natural England), we heard more about…Continue Reading

NEW! Climate Change Adaptation

We have published a new page in our “Focus On…” section of the website all about climate change and adaptation. This page provides an overview of the NIAs work on climate change adaptation assessment action planning and how the NIA will contribute to ensuring the Greater Thames Marshes and Estuary remains a great place for wildlife…Continue Reading

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