Posted on 17th January 2020
Today marks the return of the landmark Agriculture Bill to Parliament.
work of farmers and land managers is crucial in fighting the nature and
climate emergency – by protecting soils to store carbon, creating
wildflower meadows for pollinators, improving the fortunes of farmland
wildlife like dormice and barn owls, and restoring uplands to
Posted on 15th January 2020
permanently damaged. Irreplaceable habitats destroyed. Taxpayer’s money
spent on restoration wasted. Wildlife extinctions at a local level.
This could be nature’s fate if the current plans for HS2 continue.
the most comprehensive environmental assessment to date we can reveal
the sheer scale of potential damage from HS2. Our report shows that the
deep cut HS2 will make across the landscape could stop nature’s
recovery in its tracks.
Given this evidence that the costs to nature are escalating, we’re urging
Posted on 13th December 2019
Concern for the environment is at a record high. Over a quarter of Britons now cite it as one of the top three issues facing the country. The amazing uprising of young people this year sparked a real awakening which political parties responded to at this election. Across the board, the manifestos contained more prominent, detailed and ambitious green commitments than ever before.
Posted on 26th November 2019
The Tees Valley Wildlife Trust has been awarded funding
support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Northumbrian Water’s Branch
Out Fund to engage people communities in learning about the importance of edge
habitats for wildlife.
Aerial views of the countryside show a mosaic of fields surrounded
by thin bordering edges: hedgerows, walls, field margins and road verges. These
edges are often the most important wildlife refuges and corridors in the
countryside and sustain plants, invertebrates, small mammals and birds. This project will explore how ecologically
Posted on 18th November 2019
Take Action for Insects and help tackle this crisis
Insects may be small but they make up the bulk of known species on
earth. They are critical to the functioning of terrestrial and
freshwater ecosystems, performing vital roles such as pollination, seed
dispersal and nutrient cycling.
Insects are dying out up to 8 times faster than larger animals such
as birds, bats, fish, amphibians and lizards and 41% of insect species
face extinction according to a report by Professor Dave
Goulson commissioned for
Posted on 4th November 2019
Thousands of people have been calling on Government to stand up for nature. This election is a chance to up the volume – and tell candidates that they must back an ambitious Environment Act.
It’s no big secret that we all depend on nature. It’s also no secret that nature is in deep trouble, in the UK as much as anywhere else. More than half of our species are in decline and the UK is now one of the most nature-depleted
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
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.
Sir David Attenborough says in the film:
“A wildlife-rich natural
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
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