Flawed badger cull expands across England

Posted on 13th September 2018

The Wildlife Trusts call on government: invest in medicine not marksmen

The government has given permission for badger culls to go ahead in England for another year. This year, badgers are now at risk in Staffordshire and Cumbria, in addition to the existing areas of Gloucestershire, Somerset, Dorset, Cornwall, Devon, Herefordshire, Cheshire and Wiltshire.  

The Wildlife Trusts believe that the government’s strategy is flawed because bTB is primarily a cattle problem, not a wildlife one [1] and makes no sense at

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New Agriculture Bill vital to recover nature

Posted on 12th September 2018

Government proposals must trigger change on 70% of land

Today the Government publishes the Agriculture Bill. The recovery of wildlife in the UK – one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world – depends on an Agriculture Bill which enables farmers to create and restore natural habitats. The Wildlife Trusts believe that now is the time for agricultural policy to lead nature’s recovery. As the Bill progresses through Parliament, The Wildlife Trusts will be highlighting:

The recovery of wildlife in the

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Wanted! Old wooden tea chests for barn owl project

Posted on 27th July 2018

Do you have an old wooden tea chest taking space in your garage or shed?  Why not donate it to the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust so it can be repurposed into a nesting box for barn owls as part of a major new conservation project.   Barn owls have been declining in numbers since last century.  One of the reasons for the fall in numbers is the loss of nesting sites such as old hedgerow trees and traditional barn buildings.  Fortunately,

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Some protection reinstated for at-risk Local Wildlife Sites

Posted on 25th July 2018

Today the Government has published a revised version of its National Planning Policy Framework which now includes some reinstated protection for Local Wildlife Sites following a campaign supported by 25,000 people.

The National Planning Policy Framework guides thousands of planning decisions every year – from a new 5,000 home estate, a business park or two houses at the end of your road. Local Wildlife Sites are some of our most valuable wildlife areas. They are identified and selected locally using scientifically-determined

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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. pic.twitter.com/I5EPePKa4H

— 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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