Across England and Wales, the Wildlife Trusts coalition has unveiled its new plan to boost and recover nature as declines over recent decades have been detrimental to the natural wildlife. Their plans include rewilding a village and transforming a 42-acre disused golf course into an urban bee and butterfly oasis.
The £8 million raised since launching the campaign aims to drive the recovery of nature across 30% of land by 2030. £900,000 also came from the public in spite of the unpredictable financial climate, demonstrating the importance of nature to the UK population.
Sir David Attenborough, who is a supporter of The Wildlife Trusts said: “The Wildlife Trusts’ campaign to secure 30% of our land and sea for nature’s recovery by 2030 offers us the vision and level of ambition that is urgently needed to reverse the loss of nature, and so improve all our lives.”
The Wildlife Trusts’ campaign to recover nature comes at a critical time for the UK. In a report published in 2020 by the conservation charity RSPB, the UK failed to meet 17 out of 20 UN biodiversity targets agreed in 2010.
Sir David warned: “It’s tempting to assume that the loss of wildlife and wild places is a problem that’s happening on the other side of the world.” He continued, saying “The truth is that the UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries on the planet and the situation is getting worse.”
In 2021, the Wildlife Trusts also aim to improve wildflower meadows and quadruple the size of a nature reserve to assist a rare butterfly.
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