What is the NIA?

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The Nature Improvement Area is a title (or even a government designation). It tells you that we have ambitions for this urban area to make it the best for nature in the country. We are a partnership of over 60 organisations who are all determined to work together and create a high quality network of spaces that will provide much-needed habitat for declining species and much-needed opportunities for people to engage with wildlife near to where they live in this urban area.

We work on a wide variety of sites, from formal parks and nature reserves to canals, schools and churchyards, with all kinds of people and many different partners in the charity, business and public sectors.

Developing Our Unique Partnership into a Shared Strategy

In partnership we have developed an ecological strategy for Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton using data collected over the past few decades to identify our core ecological sites, ecological corridors and our opportunity areas. You can download the Ecological Strategy for Birmingham and the Black Country along with the Technical Paper below.

Nature Improvement Area Ecological Strategy 2017 - 2022

Nature Improvement Area Technical Report 2017 - 2022

Achievements So Far

Since 2012, we have achieved a huge amount across Birmingham and the Black Country, as you can see in the animation below. 


The priorities for our work have been carefully planned, based on robust data collected over many years and you can read more about it here.

We are keen to hear from anyone who has a site that we can work on to create more wildflower meadows, improve woodlands, heathland or corridors for wildlife. Please contact us via email nia@bbcwildlife.org.uk or on 0121 454 1199 if you have any questions.