• 50% decline of hedgehogs in our countryside
  • 41% of insects threatened with extinction
  • 80% of UK peatlands damaged
  • 92% of seagrass beds lost around the UK

We want to restore 30% of the UK's land and sea for nature by 2030.

While Wiltshire is largely a rural county, and you may be forgiven for thinking that we may be at or near the target of 30% already, the 2013 State of the Environment: Wiltshire and Swindon report says that in reality only 13% of Wiltshire is set aside as specifically wildlife sites, and the Biodiversity Intactness Index results published in 2016, suggest that overall the UK is the worst country in Europe for biodiversity. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed to address this situation but widespread action is now needed: read The Wildlife Trusts' response to his October 2020 announcement.

Additionally, while we do have 'SSSIs' (areas designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest), they are not always properly protected and managed, or indeed funded. Finally recent research shows that across the UK only 14% of our rivers are in legally healthy condition.

All of this is no secret. Wildlife is disappearing at an alarming rate - some are calling it the next mass extinction - and the threat of climate catastrophe is a constant worry. We live in a time of emergency.

There is still hope - we can tackle both of these critical issues - but we have to act now. Time is running out.

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What needs to happen?

The Wildlife Trusts are calling for at least 30% of our land and sea to be connected and protected for nature’s recovery by 2030. Making more space for nature to become abundant once again will give our struggling wildlife the chance to recover and also restore beautiful wild places - places that store carbon and help to tackle the climate crisis.

- Craig Bennett, Chief Executive, The Wildlife Trusts

30% is the bare minimum that nature needs to start recovering but we are far short of this and need your help to turn things around...

We can do this together

By joining our mission for nature's recovery, you will make a real difference to wildlife and our natural world. Every pound donated will help us achieve our vision for a Wilder Future. Together we can restore huge peatlands, which store carbon and become a home for threatened birds like curlews and golden plovers. We will create new wetlands, which reduce the risk of towns and villages flooding and are also great for dragonflies and water voles. We will plant new underwater seagrass meadows to soak up carbon and shelter sea horses and other sea life.  

Nature has given us so much, it's now our turn to give back.  

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