Local Nature Partnership

The view from Rowley HillsLNP

Welcome to the Birmingham & Black Country Local Nature Partnership (LNP), one of 48 approved by the government across England to embed the value of the natural environment in local decisions for the benefit of nature, people and the economy.













Supported by a Secretariat provided by the Birmingham & Black Country Wildlife Trust, the LNP Board comprises high level decision-makers representing business and the private sector, local authorities, the DEFRA agencies, partnerships that benefit the natural environment, the health and well-being sector and the voluntary sector. The chair is Georgia Stokes (pictured here). 




Our Vision:
“To represent and champion the essential role of the natural environment in achieving a vibrant, healthy and prosperous Birmingham and Black Country to the benefit of economy and society.”

To achieve the vision, our purpose and aims are focussed around these work areas: PLACE, BUSINESS, and PEOPLE

Place - To be a driver for positive change by making visible and championing the unique qualities and functions of the Birmingham and Black Country natural environment in terms of its ecological, cultural, aesthetic, economic and health values inherent in the delivery of ecosystem services, working to the Government’s national environmental objectives, international requirements and local objectives.

Business – To be a driver for economic growth and championing the role of the natural environment as an employer and wealth creator, to support the ongoing development of a quality business environment, leading to a high quality, healthier workforce and excellent accessibility including active travel for investors, visitors and employees.

People - To work closely with Local Authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships and Health and Wellbeing Boards to support the delivery of the Birmingham & Black Country Nature Improvement Area (B&BC NIA) aspirations, contributing locally to the Government’s national environmental objectives.

By working with stakeholders to establish a partnership of partnerships at a strategic level, the LNP will influence policy, decision making and actions to ensure, integrated, long-term sustainable and resilient benefits, adaption to climate change, ecosystem services and environmental gains for nature, people and the economy.

Our Ambition is to be internationally recognised with every person living and working in Birmingham and the Black Country having equitable access to green and blue infrastructure, including local green space.

Our Target is for every person living and working in Birmingham and the Black Country to have access to green space, including a diverse range of ideally natural green space, within 5 minutes (300m) of their home and workplace.

Our Programme of Action 2017 sets out some initial actions. It is an evolving Programme of Action, to be updated and amended by the LNP as progress and circumstances dictate. Download for further information.


The LNP is unique in having the same boundary as the Birmingham & Black Country Nature Improvement Area. It aims to provide a single voice for the natural environment at a strategic level, supporting sustainable, long term, landscape-scale environmental gains and improvements to local biodiversity and geodiversity for the benefit of nature and people, as provided by the NIA programmes.

Two Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) operate in Birmingham and the Black Country: the Black Country LEP and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP. The LNP seeks to integrate the needs of regeneration, and the natural environment and help facilitate greater synergy by developing dialogue and collaborative working relationships.

Staff from South Staffs Water PLC are pictured (above) helping the NIA with a project at Sedgley Beacon.

The LNP views itself as a “Partnership of Partnerships”. Overall, the aim of the LNP is to provide the overarching framework for achieving consensus and undertaking a highly developed degree of partnership working amongst its constituent partnerships, stakeholders and organizations to achieve its priorities. Health and Well-being and healthy communities are of particular importance – download the Health & Well-being Engagement Report for details.

State of the Environment Dashboard

The B&BC LNP covers an area of around 60,000ha, has a population of 2.1 million people, and contains a unique and outstanding collection of environmental assets including canals, rivers, 2 Special Areas of Conservation (of European importance) National Nature Reserves, 19 Special Sites of Scientific Interest, 43 Local Nature Reserves, an array of local wildlife sites and green open spaces, and geological features and heritage representing 430 million years of geological time.

The State of the Environment Dashboard will help the LNP to monitor the state of the environment and comprises a series of indicators relevant to Birmingham & the Black Country.

State of the Environment Dashboard

Read a summary of the Local Nature Partnership's achievements from the Ecosystems Knowledge Network: EKN Case Study.

Significant achievements

Some of the highlights include:

  • Annual Report 2016 - 2017
  • Championing the Birmingham & Black Country Nature Improvement Area and the work of the 60 partners in delivering significant improvements to the natural environment of the area in the first 3 years of operation
  • Securing Black Country LEP representation on the LNP Board, and working with the Black Country LEP on the application of the LEED Toolkit to inform the Strategic Economic Plan and Environment Infrastructure Implementation Plan
  • Confirming Health & Well-being representation on the LNP Board for Birmingham, and for the Black Country collectively, and preparing a Health and Well-being Engagement Report reflecting progress and opportunities in relation to health & well-being and the natural environment. This report can be found in the downloads below
  • Having representation on the Black Country Environment Forum and on the Birmingham Green Commission
  • Making consultation responses (several under the Duty to Co-operate, Section 110 of the Localism Act 2011), including responses to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee Local Nature Partnerships Inquiry, the EU No Net Loss of Biodiversity consultation and the EU Fitness Check of nature legislation (Birds and Habitats Directives) 



FilenameFile size
State of the Environment Dashboard3.91 MB
Health and well-being engagement project report832.71 KB
2017 LNP Action Plan881.75 KB
bbc_lnp_4th_annual_report_2016-17.pdf581.66 KB
LNP action plan 2015-161020.25 KB
LNP annual report 2013-2015649.1 KB