Development guidance

Based on the information and experience and views collected in our work so far, best practice advice is being developed to help existing and new practitioners. This includes:

  • Concepts: the underlying ideas and concepts that guide LSER activity.
  • Partnership structure: Models for partnership structures that work well in different circumstances and allow collaborative working.
  • Vision and aims:  Developing a long term vision and aims that all partners can agree on. This includes understanding what is currently unsatisfactory about the ecosystem and what broad improvement are desirable, and what wider benefits are being sought and how prioritise them.
  • Management approaches and planning: approaches that work for delivering long term, gradual change, that can cope with large amounts of information and can be implemented over large areas. This includes integrating the management of different habitats and land uses and taking account of management regimes on neighbouring properties.
  • Monitoring: Pragmatic approaches to monitoring that are suitable for revealing key aspects of long term change.
  • Engagement: Good practice in engaging communities in a range of circumstances.  This will extend from effective consultation techniques, through to how best to create a sense of shared ownership and provide meaningful opportunities for input into decisions and on-the-ground work.
  • Public relations: Developing a programme of PR from the start that gets across key messages about the project, especially aimed at local stakeholders.