Through Blue Horizons, Freshwater Habitats Trust is improving the running and standing water network in the New Forest - an internationally significant landscape for freshwater biodiversity.
Building the Freshwater Network in the New Forest
Blue Horizons puts into practice Freshwater Habitats Trust’s new approach to the protection of freshwater biodiversity – the Freshwater Network. This involves creating a national network of healthy, unpolluted and interconnected freshwater habitats, made up of Important Freshwater Landscapes, Important Freshwater Areas, Historic Floodplains, and Wetland Opportunity Areas. The New Forest is an Important Freshwater Landscape and Blue Horizons is helping us to build the Freshwater Network here.
The approach focuses on the small freshwater and wetland habitats that make up most of the water environment. These habitats are critical for maintaining landscapes rich in freshwater biodiversity and are the easier to manage, create and restore successfully than larger waterbodies. The Freshwater Network prioritises protecting the best habitats, such as the New Forest, with its internationally important freshwater wildlife.