Much of Norfolk is now a landscape dominated by intensive agriculture. Once extensive areas of habitat such as heathland, grassland and woodland are now reduced to small remnants isolated from each other and surrounded by relatively inhospitable land-use. In order to secure the long term future of wildlife, it will be necessary to protect the existing wildlife resource. In addition, it is increasingly apparent that the area of wildlife habitat needs to be greatly increased and re-connected if it is to survive in a human dominated landscape and be given a chance to adapt to climate change. The creation of an ecological network is, therefore, a necessity. Crucial to the success of any ecological network will be large scale restoration and creation of habitats.
The Trust is playing a central role in the development of the ecological network in Norfolk and the identification of opportunities for the creation of new habitats.