Posted on 5th October 2020
Today The Wildlife Trusts launch 30 by 30, a public appeal to raise £30 million to start putting nature into recovery across at least 30% of land and sea by 2030.
Nature has suffered serious declines for decades with 26% of UK mammals in danger of disappearing altogether and hedgehogs, red squirrels, bats, turtle doves, cuckoo, water voles and basking sharks all at risk. It is not only individual species that are threatened; the collapse in the abundance of nature also
Posted on 14th August 2020
The Wildlife Trusts respond to new Government White Paper
Today the Government announces the publication of a White Paper, Planning for the Future.
The Wildlife Trusts believe there are fundamental flaws in the
current planning system because it has allowed huge declines in the
natural world – and the proposed reform of the process will make a bad
situation much worse.
Nikki Williams, Director of
Posted on 5th August 2020
National Marine Week – 25th July – 9th August 2020 – is The Wildlife Trusts’ nationwide celebration of all things marine. Despite the name, it lasts 15 fun-filled days to allow for the variation in tide times around the country. This year is slightly different, due to the Covid-19 crisis, but there’s still lots to get stuck into it! Dive in…
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Donal Griffin, marine conservation officer for The Wildlife Trusts, shares
Nation of insect champions needed to reverse insect decline
Today The Wildlife Trusts publish a new report ‘Reversing the decline of insects’
which shows how people, in every part of society, wherever they live,
can take action to bring back insects. Everyone, everywhere, is being
asked to become an insect champion.
report cites examples of farmers, communities, councils and charities
Discover how our 30 Days Wild challenge can breathe new life into your relationship with nature.
30 Days Wild is back for another year! The Wildlife Trusts’ annual
nature challenge; one random wild act a day, for a whole month, kicking off on
the 1st of June. The last five years of 30 Days Wild have really helped
demonstrate the benefits of getting closer to nature, for health, wellbeing and
for the natural world itself. It’s a challenge with something for everyone,
The Wildlife Trusts and University of Derby evaluate the benefits of daily nature contact with 1,000 people over five years
feel-good factor from simple daily contact with nature can last for months, once
initiated, according to a new review from The Wildlife Trusts. The review is
based on surveys completed by people taking part in 30 Days Wild – the
UK’s biggest nature challenge which is run by The Wildlife Trusts and inspires
daily acts of nature engagement every day during June.
on three peer-reviewed papers,
The Wildlife Trusts have pioneered the
reintroduction of beavers to Britain ever since Kent Wildlife Trust released
these industrious creatures into a fenced area of fenland in 2001. Then
followed the Scottish Beaver Trial, which saw the first ever reintroduction of
a native extinct mammal to the British Isles since they were hunted to
extinction over 400 years ago. Later, in 2015, the River Otter Beaver Trial,
based in East Devon and led by Devon Wildlife Trust, enabled beavers to roam
wild again in England.
Dear Prime Minister,
Re: A Resilient Economy, Healthy Communities and the Natural World
It is now clearer than ever before that the health of humanity is
inextricably bound to the health of our planet. Your government has the
opportunity to show global leadership, forging a path out of this crisis
by putting a resilient economy, healthy communities, and a thriving
natural world at the heart of the relief and recovery effort. We call on
Create A More Resilient Economy – Invest
Posted on 29th April 2020
Credit: Tom Hibbert
Wildlife expert Nick Acheson introduces some of our feathered superstars to listen out for this spring
When we look at wildlife, anthropomorphising is commonly
discouraged. ‘If you project human feelings onto animals,’ we’re told, ‘you
won’t observe what is really going on.’ But if, like me, you see personalities
in wild animals all around you, I have good news for you: when it comes to
learning birdsong, anthropomorphism is absolutely the way forward. For learning
birdsong is not a matter of factual
Posted on 14th April 2020
Insects are everywhere, often overlooked, but playing vital roles in almost every ecosystem. Meet some of the miniature miracle-workers that help keep our world running. Tom Hibbert explains:
When you think about the benefits of having
insects around, pollination is probably the first thing that springs to mind.
There’s a good reason for this, since 87% of all plant species require animal
pollination and most of this is delivered by insects. In fact, around
three-quarters of all crop types grown by humans need to be