Wilder Future

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Grey seal pup © Lara Howe

95 % decline in basking sharks in UK waters
66 % decline in barn owls since the 1930s
90 % decline in common frogs since the 1980s

I need your help

My home is under threat.  There are fewer places to find food every day.

And I'm not alone: thousands of birds, insects and other animals across England are finding it harder and harder to survive.

Plants and trees are under pressure too...

The newly released State of Nature 2019 report shows that one in seven UK species are at risk of extinction today. 

It is not too late to bring wildlife back

Join the Wilder Future campaign and help write a better future for wildlife.

We are calling for a Nature Recovery Network to be set in law, where wildlife and wild places are not only protected they're also restored and connected.

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We need MPs to support a strong Environment Act because a country with more wildlife is better for us all!

The campaign for a #WilderFuture #WilderCumbria starts here....

Critically, we need the Environment Act to give us a Nature Recovery Network.

What's a Nature Recovery Network?

It's a joined-up network of habitats that provide enough space for wildlife to recover and for people to thrive. Wildlife cannot survive for long in isolated pockets.   Our wildlife sites are currently too small and disconnected from one another to prevent a disastrous decline in wildlife.

A Nature Recovery Network secured in law would map important places for wildlife. It would allow us to create more space for nature and re-connect broken and isolated habitats.  This would provide vital links or 'wildlife corridors' for much loved species such as hedgehogs and otters to survive and thrive.

If the UK committed to mapping nature's recovery, alongside setting ambitious legal targets to increase the abundance of our wildlife, it would have a world-leading Environment Act.  This would help us all be more connected to nature, healthier and happier.

We need the Environment Act to give us Nature Targets.

What are Nature Targets?

They're legal targets for nature's recovery that politicians must ultimately achieve and regularly report on progress towards e.g. safer air to breathe in our cities

We need the Environment Act to give us a Nature Watchdog.

What's a Nature Watchdog? 

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

Otter and otter cub in a river -copyright  Luke Massey/2020VISION

Otter and otter cub in a river © Luke Massey/2020VISION

Over half the species assessed in the State of Nature report have suffered since the 1970s, with many of our much-loved animals struggling. Some of the declines we have seen in recent years include a 66% decline in the number of barn owls since the 1930s...
The Wildlife Trusts
Hedgehog in autumn leaves - copyright tom marshall

Hedgehog © Tom Marshall

How will an Environment Act help England's wildlife?

As well as improving people’s access to nature, especially in towns and cities, here are 9 things a strong Environment Act will help with:

  1. Create new wild areas and wildlife corridors across the county.

  2. Keep Cumbria's existing wildlife sites safe from harm.

  3. Protect Cumbria's best wildlife habitats under the sea.

  4. Stop Cumbria's soils washing away into rivers and the sea.

  5. Improve air quality, especially in towns and cities.

  6. Stop poisoning Cumbria's rivers and streams with chemicals.

  7. Reduce emissions that are contributing to climate change.

  8. Protect people’s rights to a healthy natural environment.

  9. Avoid the loss of environmental protection laws after Brexit.

Act for the wildlife you love today.