The Improvement Programme for England’s Natura 2000 Sites (IPENS) is developing a suite of eleven Theme Plans. These Plans will address the issues that impact on, and affect the condition of, multiple Natura 2000 sites and which are difficult to resolve on a site-by-site basis. The project has identified the need for a Theme Plan on Habitat Fragmentation.
Discussions with stakeholders and the Improvement Programme for England’s Natura 2000 Sites (IPENS) Reference Group (a technical advisory group to the IPENS project) highlighted the importance of habitat fragmentation as an issue affecting the English Natura 2000 network. A technical workshop was therefore convened on 28th August 2013 to seek views about the importance of habitat fragmentation to Natura 2000 sites, priorities for action, how to resolve blockages to progress and innovative approaches.