It's not too late to bring our wildlife back
By 2030 we want to see 30% of our land and seas being protected and managed for nature. This is the bare minimum of space that nature needs in order to recover.
Not only will this help to create a recovery network for nature, which will help to secure a better future for wildlife, but it will also create Wilder Future for all of us.
1 in 7 UK species at risk
Recent analysis shows that one in seven UK species are at risk of extinction today. The State of Nature 2019 report highlighted that the total number of breeding birds has dropped by 44 million over the last 50 years, for example.
Each year we lose more wildlife. You can help to reverse this trend by joining us and giving us a bigger voice, by helping wildlife where you live because individual actions add up to something much bigger and by campaigning with us for political change for a Wilder Future for wildlife and people.
We're asking Government for a strong Environment Act. One that creates Nature Recovery Networks to better protect and join-up important places for wildlife, where wildlife and wild places are not only protected, they're also restored and connected.
England's Environment Act also needs a strong environmental watchdog and targets for nature's recovery In England.
Together we can make the next chapter for wildlife a happier one. Join us to put nature into recovery.
Badger, Ratty, Toad and Mole
Sadly, since the story of Badger, Ratty, and friends was written in 1908, the UK has become one of the most nature-depleted nations in the world. Since Kenneth Grahame wrote his classic tale, too many of our wild places have been lost forever - along with the wildlife that depends on them. Our animated video of The Wind in the Willows starkly illustrates the threats that our beloved characters would face in the 21st century.
In 2019 we re-imagined what The Wind in the Willows would look like and it’s not a happy story - watch our video below.
In a Wilder Future wildlife is safer, healthier and happier, recuperating from the damage caused by threats like these.
Nature needs new laws
Nature needs new laws that will protect and also help to restore green spaces and wild places.
We need wildlife. Our natural world is valuable in its own right and is the foundation of our wellbeing - we depend on it and it depends on us. Without a healthy natural world the survival of humanity is at stake. By creating more space for nature, we can create a better world for people and wildlife.
Wildlife is in trouble. From rivers and woodlands to birds and flowers, our natural world is struggling. Over half the species assessed in the 2019 State of Nature report, and subsequent studies, have suffered since the 1970s, with many of our much-loved animals struggling.
Wildlife needs us. We can make a difference. A new and ambitious Environment Act can help reverse the trend of missing wildlife, setting out a plan for nature's recovery and creating a healthier natural world for us all.
What is a Nature Recovery Network?
Nature Recovery Networks will protect existing wildlife sites and map out where wildlife ought to be, joining up important places for wildlife, while ensuring more people can to live closer to nature.
We want a Nature Recovery Network enshrined in law to:
- Set targets for environmental improvement and nature’s recovery;
- Make sure we map where wild places and wildlife are, and where they should be;
- Require plans to be produced to integrate national and local regulation, spending, investment and action.
Nature Recovery Network maps must be required by law and the campaign is calling for:
- The Westminster Government to put this in its upcoming Environment Bill;
- The Welsh Government to do this through a Sustainable Land Management Bill; and
- An ecological network across Scotland, set in law.
How would a strong Environment Act help wildlife in Worcestershire?
1. Improve people’s access to nature, especially in towns and cities
2. Create new wild areas and wildlife corridors across the county
3. Keep Worcestershire's existing wildlife sites safe from harm
4. Stop Worcestershire's soils washing away into rivers and the sea
5. Improve air quality
6. Stop poisoning Worcestershire's rivers and streams with chemicals
7. Reduce emissions that are contributing to climate change
8. Protect people’s rights to a healthy natural environment
9. Avoid the loss of environmental protection laws after Brexit.
Are The Wildlife Trusts alone in asking for a strong Environment Act?
The Wildlife Trusts are part of a coalition called Greener UK with 12 other environmental charities campaigning for nature's recovery at what we see as a crucial point for its survival. Each of these charities has agreed to the same set of messages in calling for new laws to help restore our wildlife but are running their own campaigns alongside ours, so that collectively we can reach as many people as possible.