Nature in Recovery


Nature in Recovery

Sir David Attenborough. Image by: Tom Hibbert.

Every space in Britain must be used to help wildlife.
Sir David Attenborough

For many years, we've known that nature reserves alone are not enough for wildlife. Too often, we've seen wildlife forced into fewer and smaller pockets, surrounded by urban development or intensive agriculture.

Instead, we need to create connected spaces across our landscape - in our towns and cities and on farmland - to give wildlife a chance to recover and adapt to pressures like climate change.

The Wildlife Trusts’ vision is to put the environment at the heart of our farming and planning systems; to bring nature into the places where most people live their daily lives. We need new laws, including an Environment Act, to ensure this happens. 

Right now, government officials are discussing and agreeing the contents of the proposed Environment Bill. We are working with an alliance of environmental organisations called Greener UK so that we can maximise the noise for nature. The campaign for a wilder future starts here!

How would an Environment Act help wildlife in our region?

An Environment Act would help wildlife in our region in many ways:

  • Improve people's access to nature, especially in our towns and cities
  • Create new wild areas and wildlife corridors across the county
  • Keep our region's existing wildlife sites safe from harm
  • Protect our best wildlife habitats under the sea
  • Stop our region's soils washing into rivers and by the sea
  • Improve air quality, especially in Newcastle and North Tyneside
  • Stop poisoning our rivers and streams with chemicals
  • Reduce emissions that are contributing to climate change
  • Protect people's rights to a healthy natural environment
  • Avid the loss of environment protection laws after Brexit

Our natural world is valuable in its own right and is the foundation of our wellbeing - we depend on it and it depends on us. Without a healthy natural world the survival of humanity is at stake. By creating more space for nature, we can create a better world for people and wildlife.

We need wildlife

Our natural world is valuable in its own right and is the foundation of our wellbeing - we depend on it and it depends on us. Without a healthy natural world the survival of humanity is at stake. By creating more space for nature, we can create a better world for people and wildlife.

Wildlife is in trouble

From rivers and woodlands, to birds and flowers, our natural world is struggling. Over half the species assessed in the State of Nature report have suffered since the 1970s, with many of our much-loved animals struggling. Just some of the declines we have seen in recent years include:

  1. 66% decline in the number of barn owls since the 1930s
  2. 95% decline in the number of basking shark in UK waters since 1950s
  3. 40% decline in the number of Atlantic salmon since the 1970s
  4. 90% decline in the number of common frogs since the 1980s
  5. 90% decline in the number of water voles since the 1990s.

Wildlife needs us

We can make a difference. A new and ambitious Environment Act can help reverse the trend of missing wildlife, setting out a plan for nature's recovery and creating a healthier natural world for us all.

What can you do now?

Help fund our Campaign for a Wilder Future - NWT has recently launched a new campaign with our first target to establish a positive Environment Act, which has been promised by the Government. We're asking people to donate to this campaign for a wilder future. Setting up websites, films, social networking, events, public meetings, presentations – they all cost time and money. We can facilitate all that if you are up for it! Visit our appeals pages here to learn more and give your support today. 

Speak up for wildlife! MPs will be voting on this soon, so we need them to support a strong Environment Act that protects wildlife in our country. Please arrange a meeting with them and help us to talk to every MP before Christmas. Collectively, we are a powerful force for change. Join forces with other individuals who, like you, understand that our precious wildlife needs protecting. Help us to give a voice to thousands of birds, insects and other animals across England who are finding it harder and harder to survive. And lets not forget that plants and trees that are under pressure too.

Yes I'll speak to my MP

Find your local MP here

Newcastle upon Tyne Central, Chi Onwurah

0191 2325838,

Newcastle upon Tyne East, Nick Brown     

0191 2611408,

Newcastle upon Tyne North - Catherine McKinnell 

0191 2290352,

Blyth Valley, Northumberland - Ronnie Campbell       

01670 363050,

Wansbeck, Northumberland - Ian Lavery      

01670 852494,

Hexham, Northumberland - Guy Opperman          

01434 603777,

Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland - Anne-Marie Trevelyan

0207 2194437, 

Tynemouth - Alan Campbell           

0191 257 1927,

North Tyneside - Mary Theresa Glindon           

0191 234 2493,

Critically we need the Environment Act to give us:

Nature targets: legal targets for nature's recovery that politicians must ultimately achieve and regularly report on progress towards for example safer air in our cities.

A Nature Recovery Network: a joined-up network of habitats that provide enough space for wildlife to recover and for people to thrive.

Nature Watchdog: an independent body to help people challenge bad decisions made by Government and councils, which have a negative impact on our wildlife and natural environment.

What's next?

Over the next six months, we will be asking for more support like this, continued pressure on our MPs, sharing information with your friends and family, completing surveys and joining in events to make the government realise just what is at stake for future generations. Updates will be available on our e-newsletter so please sign up if you haven’t already.

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