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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New report points to 30% decline in water vole distribution

Posted on 26th February 2018

National treasure ‘Ratty’ needs urgent help to survive

How to look after water voles – expert advice from @EssexWT_Darren on managing riverbank habitats to help wildlife.

— The Wildlife Trusts (@WildlifeTrusts) March 1, 2018


A new analysis of data collected over ten years by a network of experts led by The Wildlife Trusts has revealed that water vole distribution has declined dramatically. There has been a 30% decline in the places where these river mammals once lived across England and

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The Wildlife Trusts’ initial response to the 25 Year Environment Plan

Posted on 12th January 2018

Theresa May’s speech on the environment today shows that, at last, a Government is seeing how much the environment means to the people of the UK, not least young people. Both the speech and the plan contain some very encouraging words and ambitions for land and sea but The Wildlife Trusts believe that the lack of legal underpinning is a fundamental flaw.  In addition, it is vital that the Prime Minister fulfils her intention to ensure there is no weakening

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New guidelines call for homes for people and wildlife

Posted on 11th January 2018

Why and how to build nature-friendly housing developments

New guidelines published by The Wildlife Trusts today show how new housing developments can be built in a way that provides people with greener, inspirational homes which help to reverse decades of wildlife and habitat decline.  

‘Homes for people and wildlife – how to build housing in a nature-friendly way’ is published at a time when the Government has recently committed to building a further 300,000 homes a year until 2022.

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25 Year Environment Plan launch today

Posted on 11th January 2018

Commenting on Theresa May’s speech on the environment and the publication of the 25 Year Plan today, Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts, says:

“The PM’s speech shows that, at last, a Government is seeing how much the environment means to people, not least young people.  There are fantastic words and ambitions for land and sea that raise the spirits – but the lack of legal underpinning is a fundamental flaw.  What is the point of gently urging

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The Wildlife Trusts’ Annual Review

Posted on 21st December 2017

The Wildlife Trusts’ Annual Review. This gives an overview of The Wildlife Trusts’ movement throughout 2016-17 (covering the period 1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017). It includes key statistics, highlights from around the UK, an overview of key work areas and activity, and financial information. 

Click below to download the report.

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Industry calls for ‘Gove guarantee’ on agri-environment schemes

Posted on 21st December 2017

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Farming and green organisations have come together to seek a guarantee from Michael Gove that farmers and land managers who sign up to agri-environment schemes before the UK leaves the EU are not penalised post-Brexit.

The CLA, NFU, TFA, CAAV, FWAG, GWCT, The Wildlife Trusts, RSPB and the National Trust have jointly written to the Environment Secretary calling for a commitment to ensure those in England with a Countryside Stewardship agreement are not

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