Draft Environment Bill Published Today

Posted on 21st December 2018

The Wildlife Trusts call for major improvements to draft Environment Bill to put nature into recovery

The draft Environment Bill published today by the Government does not go far enough to tackle the serious environmental challenges we face or provide legal certainty for the future of our natural world, say The Wildlife Trusts. And nor does the accompanying policy note.

The Bill and policy note fall short in a number of ways:

The proposed green watchdog is too weak. Much more is needed

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Huge disappointment at limitations of Bovine TB Strategy Review led by Sir Charles Godfray

Posted on 19th November 2018

Whilst welcoming the review’s recommendations for a changed emphasis in the government’s strategy for eradicating bovine tuberculosis (bTB), The Wildlife Trusts are extremely concerned that it also recommends that badger culling should continue. This flies in the face of robust scientific evidence and we urge the government to halt their flawed policy which leads to tens of thousands of badgers being killed every year. 

Ellie Brodie, Senior Policy Manager of The Wildlife Trusts says:

“The Wildlife Trusts believe that cattle and not

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Flawed badger cull expands across England

Posted on 13th September 2018

The Wildlife Trusts call on government: invest in medicine not marksmen

The government has given permission for badger culls to go ahead in England for another year. This year, badgers are now at risk in Staffordshire and Cumbria, in addition to the existing areas of Gloucestershire, Somerset, Dorset, Cornwall, Devon, Herefordshire, Cheshire and Wiltshire.  

The Wildlife Trusts believe that the government’s strategy is flawed because bTB is primarily a cattle problem, not a wildlife one [1] and makes no sense at

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New Agriculture Bill vital to recover nature

Posted on 12th September 2018

Government proposals must trigger change on 70% of land

Today the Government publishes the Agriculture Bill. The recovery of wildlife in the UK – one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world – depends on an Agriculture Bill which enables farmers to create and restore natural habitats. The Wildlife Trusts believe that now is the time for agricultural policy to lead nature’s recovery. As the Bill progresses through Parliament, The Wildlife Trusts will be highlighting:

The recovery of wildlife in the

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Wanted! Old wooden tea chests for barn owl project

Posted on 27th July 2018

Do you have an old wooden tea chest taking space in your garage or shed?  Why not donate it to the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust so it can be repurposed into a nesting box for barn owls as part of a major new conservation project.   Barn owls have been declining in numbers since last century.  One of the reasons for the fall in numbers is the loss of nesting sites such as old hedgerow trees and traditional barn buildings.  Fortunately,

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Some protection reinstated for at-risk Local Wildlife Sites

Posted on 25th July 2018

Today the Government has published a revised version of its National Planning Policy Framework which now includes some reinstated protection for Local Wildlife Sites following a campaign supported by 25,000 people.

The National Planning Policy Framework guides thousands of planning decisions every year – from a new 5,000 home estate, a business park or two houses at the end of your road. Local Wildlife Sites are some of our most valuable wildlife areas. They are identified and selected locally using scientifically-determined

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Battle to protect wildlife at sea receives boost today!

Posted on 8th June 2018

The North Sea Wildlife Trust welcomes the possibility of 41 new Marine Conservation Zones.

Today the government has launched a consultation asking the public for their views about protecting a new group of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) – areas at sea where wildlife is protected from damaging activities. 41 special places have been chosen for the public to comment on; these range from mosaics of gravelly seabed home to fish, crabs and lobsters in the North Sea to seagrass beds in

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Act Swiftly

Posted on 6th April 2018

If we could see like a swift, we’d see how planning and farming policies affect our landscape. We could see how together our farms, our homes, gardens and public spaces could give wildlife the nationwide network of spaces it needs to thrive. By getting involved with two important Government consultations on planning and farming that are happening now we have a rare chance – right now – to do this. Intensive farming and urban development have contributed massively to the

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Go Wild for Worms!

Posted on 4th April 2018

Go Wild for Worms!

Gardeners urged to let soil breathe and welcome life-giving worms

This year’s Wild About Gardens challenge from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and The Wildlife Trusts is: Go Wild for Worms!  The lowly worm is essential to life. It spends its life beneath our feet – it turns the soil, allows it to breathe, recycles and enriches it. Worms are the gardener’s best friend and are essential food for other wildlife. That’s why this year we’re asking people

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Government launches ‘green Brexit’ consultation on future for food, farming and the environment

Posted on 2nd March 2018

Response to the Agriculture Command Paper 28/02/2018

Yesterday, the Government launched a 10-week consultation on the vision for agriculture and land management in England called Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a green Brexit. This consultation – or Command Paper  –  will inform the Government’s forthcoming Agriculture Bill. What follows is an initial response from The Wildlife Trusts:

Our wildlife is in crisis with only a tiny proportion of our previous abundance of wildflowers, birds

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