Nature in the UK is in a critical condition. The systems and laws that should be keeping nature healthy are failing – both for wildlife and for people, and we now live in one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world.

From rivers and woodlands to birds and flowers, our natural world is in trouble. Over half the species assessed in the State of Nature report have declined in previous decades, including:

  • 66% decline in the number of barn owls since the 1930s
  • 90% decline in the number of common frogs since the 1980s
  • 90% decline in the number of water voles since the 1990s

We need to turn this situation around and put nature into recovery.

Across the UK, The Wildlife Trusts has launched its biggest campaign in decades. Titled ‘Wilder Future’ it calls for all parts of our society to come together to rebuild our life support system in the UK: a Nature Recovery Network. This is a new approach to creating a joined-up system of places that are important for the health of wild plants and animals, which will bring nature back from the brink.

New legislation can make this happen over the coming years

We need new laws, including an Environment Act passed by the UK government, to ensure this becomes a reality. In it, local ‘Nature Recovery Maps’ would be produced, identifying how we can pull together a network of wildlife sites incorporating nature reserves, County Wildlife Sites and wildlife friendly parks and gardens. 

How can you help?

Every space for nature counts, and for governments to take notice of their constituents we need many thousands of people to take action. We need the public and our supporters to show that they care, and to demand the government take immediate steps to restore nature. 

If you haven’t already done so, please take the pledge to support the campaign

Actions you can take include:

  1. Getting the message out there to the right people. You could meet with your MP asking for their support for new environmental laws which will put nature into recovery, using our simple briefing materials, or share the campaign’s messages with your family and friends by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  2. Creating new homes for wildlife in your local area – hedgehog holes, ponds, ensuring unkept riverbank and garden spaces are available for wild animals and plants, particularly if you are a significant landowner
  3. Encouraging others to create a Wilder Future where you live, through supporting Wiltshire Wildlife Trust: by becoming a member, volunteering, attending a campaign event, or donating in support of a particular appeal or project