Wendling Beck Exemplar Project

Creating one of the first landscape-scale, natural capital projects in the UK

Photograph – Dillington Carr SSSI – Central project zone

Exemplar Project

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.  

 

Project Overview

BIODIVERSITY & HABITAT
BIODIVERSITY & HABITAT​
LANDSCAPE SCALE
LANDSCAPE SCALE​
CATCHMENT FOCUSSED
CATCHMENT FOCUSSED​
social
SOCIAL IMPACT​
REGENERATIVE-AG
REGENERATIVE-AG​
HABITAT BANKING
HABITAT BANKING​

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