Sir David Attenborough, president emeritus of The Wildlife Trusts has made a short film with the charity to provide answers to the State of Nature partnership’s latest warnings of continued, devastating wildlife declines in the UK.
In the film, which The Wildlife Trusts created in partnership with Campaign Film, Sir David calls for powerful new laws to ensure the UK’s wild places can thrive once more and for a Nature Recovery Network.
Sir David Attenborough says in the film:
“A wildlife-rich natural world is vital for our wellbeing and survival. We need wild places to thrive. Yet many of our systems and laws have failed the natural world. We now live in one of the most nature depleted places on the planet. Nature urgently needs our help to recover – and it can be done. By joining up wild places and creating more across the UK we would improve our lives and help nature to flourish – because everything works better when it’s connected.
“Now is the time to tell our politicians that we need a Nature Recovery Network set in law. A legally binding network for nature would mean that wildlife is prioritised when managing our land and planning our towns. Powerful new environmental laws can ensure habitats are expanded and reconnected meaning all life will thrive once more.
“It’s time to turn things around. Nature is capable of extraordinary recovery but we must act now! Tell your politicians now is the time to put nature into recovery. Everything works better when it’s connected.”
The film urges people to take action for a wilder future. It follows on from an earlier film created by The Wildlife Trusts, also narrated by Sir David Attenborough, which retold the children’s tale The Wind in the Willows to highlight the problems faced by UK wildlife. This new film goes one step further by providing a tangible solution.
Nikki Williams, Director of Campaigns and Policy at The Wildlife Trusts, says:
“Nature is in big trouble but we know how to bring it back. Local action is already making a real difference and now the government needs to play its part. We need a Nature Recovery Network established in law – one that is locally developed and nationally connected – this would help join up our last remaining wild places by creating vital new habitats. It’s time to make nature a normal part of childhood again and restore wildlife so it can recover and thrive across urban jungles and the countryside once more – where it can be part of people’s daily lives.”
Steve Ashton, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust’s People and Wildlife Manager, says:
“In the Tees Valley many of our green spaces are in constant threat of development and the Trust is working hard to ensure that this development is done wherever possible with nature in mind. Nature Recovery Network established in law will mean that mean that wildlife is prioritised when managing our land and planning our towns. There are many examples of how development can go hand in hand with nature.
The Trust is working with the Tees Valley Nature Partnership to conserve biodiversity and improve the range of socio-economic benefits and services provided by a healthy natural environment. It is also delivering a number of project which contribute to a Nature Recovery network including: East Cleveland Barn Owl Nest Box Network which has erected and monitored sixty three nest boxes in the network with the support of forty two landowners; exciting plans for improvements at our new woodland nature reserve Lazenby Bank; continued habitat improvements at Bowesfield Nature reserve and through Wild Green Places support to a number of local friends groups who help to maintain local green spaces.”