An initial response to the EU Referendum result:

Posted on 24th June 2016

With the EU Referendum over, the challenges faced by the UK’s wildlife are as great as they have ever been. Wildlife is under real pressure from intensive land use and sometimes insensitive development on land and at sea. Our lives are becoming more remote from the natural world.

It is time to focus on the future of our natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife. To concentrate on what a healthy natural environment can do for us and what

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EU Referendum: Questions to ask

Posted on 20th June 2016

If you care about wildlife, you may want to ask any canvassers you meet some questions.



To Canvassers promoting Remain


If I promise to vote Remain, will you promise if the UK stays in the EU, to:

1. Support existing EU Nature Directives actively at a European level and ensure good implementation in the UK?
[There is great pressure for deregulation both in the UK and at EU levels]

2. Implement EU laws well to ensure protection of our marine wildlife?
[At last we are seeing

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The ‘Bug Man’ is back by popular demand

Posted on 17th June 2016

George McGavin, TV wildlife presenter and resident ‘bug man’ on BBC 1’s The One Show, is set to return to Newcastle next month to host the 2016 North East Wildlife Photography Competition Awards Ceremony.

George proved to be such a big hit when he hosted last year’s awards ceremony, entertaining the audience with tales of his wildlife filming experiences, the organisers didn’t think twice about inviting him back to host this year’s ceremony on Thursday 14 July,

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Many of our most special wild places are protected by European legislation.

Posted on 13th June 2016

Here are just a few examples and stories of wildlife and wild places that have benefited from this extra layer of environmental protection.

30 years ago, if Jeremy had fallen in the river then he’d have been more worried about being poisoned than drowned! A 1980s trawl survey found just one fish in the Billingham reach of the Tees, and that was a diseased flounder. Things didn’t start improving until an EU directive about pollution control in urban waste water was implemented in the

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Wildlife is too important to ignore in the EU referendum debate

Posted on 6th June 2016


On Thursday 23 June, everyone over the age of 18 has a vote on the UK’s membership of the European Union.

What does this referendum mean for wildlife?
The risks faced by wildlife are growing every day. Our wildlife is under real pressure from insensitive built development and infrastructure, over-intensive agriculture and fisheries. This is not a problem the UK faces in isolation. Migratory birds, insects and marine wildlife all cross borders; as does pollution. The risks are mounting and there is

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