UK General Election 2017: why it matters for wildlife

Posted on 2nd May 2017

The snap UK General Election on June 8th is happening at a crucial time for wildlife.

The next Government will have some big decisions to make for the UK’s natural environment – almost immediately.

Never before have the stakes for wildlife been so great. The majority of our environmental laws are currently wrapped up with our membership of the European Union; and so are some really key policies that affect wildlife – including agriculture and fisheries. 

The rewards for making the right

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A new report by a parliamentary committee published today warns Government that environmental protections must not be weakened after Brexit. The Wildlife Trusts respond…

Posted on 4th January 2017

Today the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) publishes a report The Future of Natural Environment After EU Referendum. MPs are warning the Government that environmental protections must not be weakened during the process of leaving the EU or afterwards. The EAC is calling on the Government to introduce a new Environmental Protection Act during Article 50 negotiations to maintain the UK’s strong environmental standards.You can read more about it on the Parliament website here.

Stephanie Hilborne, Chief Executive, The Wildlife Trusts responds to

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UK’s major environmental organisations unite to highlight “once in a generation opportunity” for the environment as UK exits the EU

Posted on 9th December 2016

13 environmental organisations, with a combined membership of 7.9 million, have united to launch Greener UK
Greener UK calls on the Prime Minister to restore and enhance the UK’s environment and maintain its environmental protections during Brexit negotiations
145 MPs have signed the Greener UK Pledge for the Environment committing to make the UK a world leader on the environment
Polling shows 80% of British adults think we need the same or stronger levels of environmental protection after we leave the EU

Thirteen major

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The Wildlife Trusts respond to Natural England report on HS2

Posted on 17th November 2016

The Wildlife Trusts today cautiously welcomed the findings of a Natural England report on HS2 Ltd’s approach to wildlife. However, we are very disappointed with the Government’s immediate rejection of key findings from their own advisors.

The Government and HS2 Ltd have previously told MPs and members of the House of Lords that there will be no overall loss of wildlife as a result of the new railway – because compensation will be provided for its impacts. The new

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The Wildlife Trusts, children, nature and John Lewis

Posted on 11th November 2016

There are so many ways you can get closer to nature in the UK and The Wildlife Trusts are here to help you do it…

Be inspired by our Wild Winter guide and get outdoors!

Find out how to help UK wildlife

Have a wonderful wild encounter!

Learn more about that adventurous cast of characters!

Buy soft toys of the characters from the ad!

10% of the sale of soft toys from the ad will be donated to us, to allow us to inspire even more

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Over a thousand pounds worth of damage done to wildlife charities vehicles

Posted on 19th October 2016

Tees Valley Wildlife Trust have this week had to disappoint some of their volunteers and postpone some of the vital conservation work after thieves broke into the compound they store their vehicles in at Margrove Park.  Not only did they smash windows and mirrors, the thieves stole wheels of the vans leaving one of the vehicles on bricks and a chainsaw was also stolen.  Staff have had to reschedule their work, cancel volunteer activities and postpone activity with groups of

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New report calls for 48 new protected areas at sea

Posted on 3rd October 2016

Call to secure missing gaps in Marine Conservation Zones network

Today, The Wildlife Trusts publish a new report, ‘The case for more Marine Conservation Zones’. The report identifies 48 areas at sea that, if designated, will complete an ecologically coherent network of special places where habitats and wildlife can flourish to safeguard healthy and productive seas for the future.

The report is published in advance of the government’s plans to announce a third and final phase of Marine Conservation Zones – the

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Britain’s leading conservation organisations call on the Government to grasp a better future for the countryside

Posted on 3rd October 2016

WWF-UK, National Trust, The Wildlife Trusts and the RSPB today make the case for fundamental reform of farm policy in the UK so that it works better for nature, farming and rural communities
They call on UK governments to use leaving the European Union as a once in a generation opportunity to help wildlife return across the countryside
Asks of Government include an independent Policy Commission, continuation of agri-environment schemes and a new policy for the countryside with high environmental

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New badger cull petition launched on government website

Posted on 30th August 2016

Today, The Wildlife Trusts’ President Emeritus, Simon King OBE, launched a new e-petition on the Government website calling for an end to the badger cull and no expansion of the cull to new areas. This morning the Government announced that seven new licences for badger culling have been granted, covering parts of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset. These areas are in addition to the existing cull areas in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Dorset which are part of a four-year trial

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