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

Posted on 27th January 2020

The
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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Agriculture Bill returns with positive focus for nature and climate

Posted on 17th January 2020

Today marks the return of the landmark Agriculture Bill to Parliament.

The
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

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High Speed Rail (H2S)

Posted on 15th January 2020

Ecosystems
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. 

In
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

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General Election 2019: The results are in – so what does it mean for nature?

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.

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East Cleveland Wildlife Gets New Funding Support for Wildlife@theEdges

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
rich

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Action for Insects

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

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The general election: a chance to push for action

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

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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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