The Environment Bill – The Wildlife Trusts say nature cannot wait – cross party support needed

Posted on 16th October 2019

Today’s long-awaited publication of the Environment Bill is welcome but The Wildlife Trusts are concerned that the Bill must not be delayed further if we are to tackle the serious environmental challenges we face. Cross-party support is needed to trigger nature’s recovery.

The recent State of Nature Report revealed that one in seven species in the UK are at risk of extinction and 58% of species are in decline. The Wildlife Trusts have long-called for ambitious new laws to allow nature

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New film from Sir David Attenborough and The Wildlife Trusts calls for nature’s recovery

Posted on 7th October 2019

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.

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Sir David Attenborough says in the film:

“A wildlife-rich natural

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No let-up in net loss of UK’s nature

Posted on 4th October 2019

 

 

The UK’s wildlife continues to decline according to the State of Nature 2019 report. The latest findings show that since rigorous scientific monitoring began in the 1970s there has been a 13% decline in average abundance across wildlife studied and that the declines continue unabated.

Following the State of Nature reports in 2013 and 2016, leading professionals from more than 70 wildlife organisations have joined with government agencies for the first time, to present the clearest picture to date of the

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Some like it hot, but our wetlands do not

Posted on 12th September 2019

Heatwaves can spell trouble for our freshwater habitats, as The Wildlife Trusts’ Water Policy Manager Ali Morse explains.

Hot summer days might seem like a blessing. People flock to the beach, flowers bloom and insects thrive, providing food for birds and bats. But a warm summer can be an issue for other species, particularly those that rely on our rivers and wetlands.

When it gets hot, water can’t hold as much oxygen, which can have devastating consequences for wildlife. By June this

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Our Precious Peatlands

Posted on 15th August 2019

Matthew Snelling, Peatland Restoration Officer for the Yorkshire Peat Partnership, introduces the wonderful world of peatlands, one of our most precious habitats.

Peatland is a wet, weird and wonderful habitat. Though for some it’s a foot-soaking annoyance when out hiking, and for many others it’s completely out of sight and out of mind, we should take a closer look at this unique landscape. It’s no exaggeration to say that the two million hectares of peatland found in the UK could be

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12,000 travel to Westminster for historic natural environment and climate lobby with MPs outside Parliament

Posted on 27th June 2019

School children, farmers, grandparents and surfers were amongst an estimated 12,000 people who today lobbied their MPs for urgent action on nature declines and climate change.

In the largest-ever environmental lobby of parliament, people from across the UK were represented, with at least 225 MPs coming out to meet with their constituents.

MPs were taken by rickshaw to meet constituents in the area surrounding the Palace of Westminster. At 14:00 lobbyists rang alarms and alarm clocks to symbolise that ‘the time is now

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Get ready to go wild!

Posted on 3rd May 2019

30 Days Wild is the UK’s biggest, month-long nature challenge organised by The Wildlife Trusts, and it’s back for its fifth year. A celebration of everyday nature, an excuse to wallow in the wonderful wildness we encounter at home, at work, at leisure and everywhere in between.

The challenge is simple – can you do one easy and exciting wild thing a day, every day in June? 30 days, 30 wild things. 30 Days Wild!

We call these wild moments Random Acts

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Morning Bird Chorus Walks in Saltburn

Posted on 24th April 2019

Every morning, especially in spring, songbirds across the world welcome the dawning of a new day with their birdsong. The famous ‘dawn chorus’. Join Saltburn Valleys CIO, along with thousands of people around the world, to celebrate the joy of Spring bird song on Sunday May the 5th, International Dawn Chorus Day!

This is the perfect opportunity for nature lovers to gather at dawn at Saltburn Valley Gardens to listen to the sounds of birds as they sing to great the

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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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