The Wildlife Trusts and University of Derby evaluate the benefits of daily nature contact with 1,000 people over five years
feel-good factor from simple daily contact with nature can last for months, once
initiated, according to a new review from The Wildlife Trusts. The review is
based on surveys completed by people taking part in 30 Days Wild – the
UK’s biggest nature challenge which is run by The Wildlife Trusts and inspires
daily acts of nature engagement every day during June.
on three peer-reviewed papers,
The Wildlife Trusts have pioneered the
reintroduction of beavers to Britain ever since Kent Wildlife Trust released
these industrious creatures into a fenced area of fenland in 2001. Then
followed the Scottish Beaver Trial, which saw the first ever reintroduction of
a native extinct mammal to the British Isles since they were hunted to
extinction over 400 years ago. Later, in 2015, the River Otter Beaver Trial,
based in East Devon and led by Devon Wildlife Trust, enabled beavers to roam
wild again in England.
Dear Prime Minister,
Re: A Resilient Economy, Healthy Communities and the Natural World
It is now clearer than ever before that the health of humanity is
inextricably bound to the health of our planet. Your government has the
opportunity to show global leadership, forging a path out of this crisis
by putting a resilient economy, healthy communities, and a thriving
natural world at the heart of the relief and recovery effort. We call on
Create A More Resilient Economy – Invest
Posted on 14th April 2020
Insects are everywhere, often overlooked, but playing vital roles in almost every ecosystem. Meet some of the miniature miracle-workers that help keep our world running. Tom Hibbert explains:
When you think about the benefits of having
insects around, pollination is probably the first thing that springs to mind.
There’s a good reason for this, since 87% of all plant species require animal
pollination and most of this is delivered by insects. In fact, around
three-quarters of all crop types grown by humans need to be
New leader joins UK’s much-loved force for nature as charities wrestle with pandemic fallout
Craig Bennett becomes new CEO of The Wildlife Trusts on Monday
6th April. He arrives at a time when people seek solace in nature from
the coronavirus – but, like so many other charities and businesses, The
Wildlife Trusts are struggling with the severe implications of the
pandemic on funding, resources, and necessary absence of the 38,000
volunteers that usually help care for thousands of precious wild places
Posted on 19th March 2020
We are asking everyone who visits our nature reserves to continue to follow social distancing guidelines. Visitors are also encouraged to check the advice issued on permitted levels of exercise and reasons to travel issued by the government.
As always, on any visit to our nature reserves, please be mindful of the wildlife that lives there and of other visitors. Please bear in mind that we may not be able to give our usual attention to vegetation, pathways and boardwalks
Wildlife Trusts delighted that vaccination gets priority in the fight against
Today the Government set out the next phase of
their strategy to combat bovine tuberculosis. The Wildlife Trusts – who have
campaigned for a halt to the badger cull ever since it began – are delighted
with the Government’s new approach.
Katherine Hawkins, The Wildlife Trusts’ senior
living landscape officer, says:
“We welcome the transition from culling to
vaccinating badgers – today’s announcement is really good news. It’s an open
acknowledgement that culling badgers to control bTB
Posted on 27th January 2020
Wildlife Trusts are disappointed that the new report from the Committee
on Climate Change fails to recognise the full array of natural
solutions available in the UK, and their immense value for achieving net
The report also
fails to make the inextricable link between the climate and nature
crises we face. To combat one, we must address the
Posted on 17th January 2020
Today marks the return of the landmark Agriculture Bill to Parliament.
work of farmers and land managers is crucial in fighting the nature and
climate emergency – by protecting soils to store carbon, creating
wildflower meadows for pollinators, improving the fortunes of farmland
wildlife like dormice and barn owls, and restoring uplands to
Posted on 15th January 2020
permanently damaged. Irreplaceable habitats destroyed. Taxpayer’s money
spent on restoration wasted. Wildlife extinctions at a local level.
This could be nature’s fate if the current plans for HS2 continue.
the most comprehensive environmental assessment to date we can reveal
the sheer scale of potential damage from HS2. Our report shows that the
deep cut HS2 will make across the landscape could stop nature’s
recovery in its tracks.
Given this evidence that the costs to nature are escalating, we’re urging