Peter Marren calls for a new focus on wildlife (‘Our wildlife needs a voice’, 14 September.) Simon King replies

Posted on 20th September 2011

We agree wholeheartedly with the need for wildlife to have vociferous and effective advocates in the UK, and The Wildlife Trusts deliver precisely that.

Collectively, our 47 individual organisations focus on our bold and ambitious vision for recovering and restoring wildlife, both on land and at sea, with the Living Landscape and Living Seas initiatives. Guided by this vision we are transforming places for the benefit of wildlife – and people too. Individual Wildlife Trusts are delivering this collective vision, whether through practical action or influencing a myriad decisions on a local and national scale.

Nationally, we are taking the nature conservation agenda into new territory. We inspired government to form the Lawton Review to look at putting nature on the path to recovery and subsequently to produce its Natural Environment White Paper. In 2009, we led the charge for the first proper wildlife protection at sea and are now rallying popular support to secure protected areas around our coasts.

To inspire the legitimacy for action, people must care about nature. Through our more than 800,000 members and our connections with local communities, we inspire people to value nature in local places and urge them to take action for it. Their care for the wildlife on their doorstep has an immense national impact.

There is more work to do, and The Wildlife Trusts are fit for the challenge. In these ways, The Wildlife Trusts deliver a great deal more than the sum of our parts – we are a united and influential movement.

Simon King OBE
President, The Wildlife Trusts