New planning proposals will fail to protect nature

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

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New report calls for ambitious pesticide reduction target

Posted on 8th July 2020

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

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Dare to be wild! New review says get long-lasting feel-good factor from 30 Days Wild

Posted on 21st May 2020

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,

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Beavers Build Back Better – but their future is not secure

Posted on 15th May 2020

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.

Beaver female

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A Resilient Economy, Healthy Communities and the Natural World

Posted on 13th May 2020

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
you to:

Create A More Resilient Economy – Invest

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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

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Campaigner Craig Bennett joins The Wildlife Trusts at a critical time

Posted on 7th April 2020

New leader joins UK’s much-loved force for nature as charities wrestle with pandemic fallout

Craig Bennett becomes new CEO of The Wildlife Trusts on Monday
6th April. He arrives at a time when people seek solace in nature from
the coronavirus – but, like so many other charities and businesses, The
Wildlife Trusts are struggling with the severe implications of the
pandemic on funding, resources, and necessary absence of the 38,000
volunteers that usually help care for thousands of precious wild places

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Posted on 19th March 2020

We are asking everyone who visits our nature reserves to continue to follow social distancing guidelines. Visitors are also encouraged to check the advice issued on permitted levels of exercise and reasons to travel issued by the government.

As always, on any visit to our nature reserves, please be mindful of the wildlife that lives there and of other visitors. Please bear in mind that we may not be able to give our usual attention to vegetation, pathways and boardwalks

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Government gives badgers a reprieve

Posted on 6th March 2020

Wildlife Trusts delighted that vaccination gets priority in the fight against
bovine tuberculosis

Today the Government set out the next phase of
their strategy to combat bovine tuberculosis. The Wildlife Trusts – who have
campaigned for a halt to the badger cull ever since it began – are delighted
with the Government’s new approach.

Katherine Hawkins, The Wildlife Trusts’ senior
living landscape officer, says:

“We welcome the transition from culling to
vaccinating badgers – today’s announcement is really good news. It’s an open
acknowledgement that culling badgers to control bTB

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New report from Committee on Climate Change doesn’t go far enough

Posted on 27th January 2020

Wildlife Trusts are disappointed that the new report from the Committee
on Climate Change fails to recognise the full array of natural
solutions available in the UK, and their immense value for achieving net
zero emissions.

 The report also
fails to make the inextricable link between the climate and nature
crises we face. To combat one, we must address the

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