Conservation (Theme Lead: Angus I. Carpenter)
Ranging from local to national and international scales, the Conservation group engage in multi-disciplinary approaches, utilising methodologies from the natural and/or social sciences, to benefit conservation practices and outcomes. Group members engage with research activities to provide outcomes that support both an evidence-based and adaptive approach to conservation decisions and management that, ultimately, aim to protect landscapes and biodiversity. The Anthropocene is highlighting many pressures, such as unsustainable natural resource use, causes for biodiversity loss, and climate change, which can require novel, large scale holistic approaches at one level to local scale, ecosystem reconstruction and reintroduction projects, such as the BOOM project, at the other. Research efforts undertaken by the group very much seek to align with the IUCN’s three-legged approach to conservation, focusing on ‘Species, Habitat and People’; an outcome of the World Conservation Congress meeting (2021) in Marseille. The Conservation group members is made up of highly skilled and experienced people, engaging with research activities across all these different levels to make our world a better place.
BooM: Transforming lives and landscapes in South Cumbria
Back on our Map (BooM)
BooM is an ambitious four-year, £2 million project which aims to re-engage communities in South Cumbria with their natural environment, by restoring the landscape and reintroducing a suite of locally threatened or extinct native species.
Funder: The National Lottery Heritage Fund
Partners: Led by the University of Cumbria in partnership with the Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Natural England, the Forestry Commission and Morecambe Bay Partnership