rich chalk grass

Alive with butterflies, orchids and sparkling chalk streams

Wiltshire Chalk landscapes are biodiversity hotspots. Home to some of the rarest habitats in the UK.

Chalk hillside with chalk inscriptions

Since World War II, the UK has lost over 80% of its chalk grasslands

The Wiltshire Chalk Partnership is working collaboratively to help restore and create these precious habitats.

Yellowhammer, a bright yellow bird on a branch that shows the type of bird species found in the Wiltshire Chalk Landscape.

Government is committed to protecting 30% of land for nature by 2030

The Wiltshire Chalk area has the potential to help meet both local and national Nature Recovery targets.

The Wiltshire Chalk Partnership is a group of organisations and landholders who have come together to help protect and enhance the Wiltshire Chalk landscape.

The Partnership aims to create an additional 2,000 hectares of semi-natural grassland across Wiltshire and to connect and restore important existing habitats.

Working with landholders, a nature recovery roadmap will outline where and how new chalk habitats can be created; and how existing habitats can be restored and protected to create a thriving and resilient landscape that will support biodiversity as our climate changes.

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Why is Wiltshire chalk so important?

The Wiltshire Chalk landscape is incredibly important for both people and wildlife. It is home to nationally important flower rich grasslands and one of the largest chalk river systems in the world.

Together, these have the potential to provide shelter and food for an abundance of wildlife. However, the Wiltshire Chalk landscape ecosystem is not in good health.

On the back of the Government’s Nature Recovery agenda, organisations with conservation and environmental aims have come together in partnership to deliver nature recovery and climate change adaptation more effectively.

  • Species-rich grassland
  • Chalk rivers
  • Birds
  • Bats
  • Pollinators
  • Farmland habitats

How you can get involved

The knowledge, experience and insight of those who know this land better than anyone will inform the opportunities to deliver for nature.

Farmers, landholders and local partners are coming together to jointly map out the creation of 2,000 hectares for nature recovery, which may help unlock the finance and funding mechanisms needed for delivery.

This is a partnership. We can only achieve our ambitions by working together and collaborating on the creation of a vision for Wiltshire Chalk.

Our Partners

Butterfly Conservation logo Bumblebee Conservation Trust logo North Wessex Downs Logo NatEng_logo cranborne chase logo RSPB Logo MOD logo national highways logo National Trust UK Logo WWT logo Wiltshire_Council_logo Plantlife logo Woodland Trust logo Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Records Centre logo environment agency logo

Get Involved

Could you could become a partner of the Wiltshire Chalk Partnership?