Wendling Beck Exemplar Project
Creating one of the first landscape-scale, natural capital projects in the UK
Photograph – Dillington Carr SSSI – Central project zone
The Wendling Beck Exemplar Project (WBEP) is a nature restoration project covering just under 2000 acres North of Dereham in Norfolk. It is a collaboration of 4 farmers, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Norfolk County Council, Norfolk FWAG and Norfolk Rivers Trust. It is supported by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Natural England and Anglian Water and is a story of habitat creation, river restoration, social impact and regenerative agriculture, all at a landscape scale.
The project will be principally based around Biodiversity Net Gain policy but also blend other ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration and nutrient balancing to finance a groundbreaking approach to conservation management through a habitat bank framework. It is one of 9 Natural England Net Gain Credit Scheme pilot projects in the UK and aims to be market ready by Autumn 2021.
It is a brilliant example of teamwork and collaboration between catchment operators and demonstrates what can be achieved when neighbouring landowners and key stakeholders work together with shared vision and ambition.