The past twenty years has brought change to the world of conservation. We used to manage crisis by ring-fencing the last remaining shreds of varied and rich habitat to try to preserve species threatened with eradication. We now know that for the natural world to thrive and prosper, we need to embrace a more holistic and collaborative view of sustainable land management across an entire landscape.
We are now moving away from isolated havens for wildlife that are surrounded by oceans of monoculture to feed the human population in exchange for an effective food production system that is equally effective for nature capital. Nature capital isn’t about adding a price tag to everything, but if we are to truly see change, we must begin to see the value of a healthy complex rural UK and beyond.