Help us to restore 30% of land and sea for nature by 2030
Our natural world is in trouble
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.
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.
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...
Ecological Emergency Strategy
We believe everyone should have access to healthy, natural landscapes and to thrive alongside wildlife. Our Ecological Emergency Strategy tackles the drastic decline in wildlife populations across Avon, resulting in degraded and unhealthy habitats and wild spaces. This strategy addresses environmental and wildlife issues affecting the local landscape and local people with the aim to implement solutions by 2030. We've committed to creating space for nature with at least 30% of land managed for the benefit of wildlife by 2030. This will allow nature to flourish alongside local communities throughout urban and rural landscapes. Together, we are already managing land in a sustainable way to connect up habitats through our Nature Recovery Network to create safe havens for wildlife across Avon.
Rewilding happens when we leave nature to take its course. Habitats follow their own natural development in often unpredictable ways. When we take a step back and let natural processes happen without human intervention, nature and wildlife become abundant in naturally restored, healthy habitats. We have already seen positive change in the fields at Folly Farm where we introduced semi-wild Exmoor ponies less than a year ago. The areas they poached with their hooves in winter have increased the diversity of wildflowers through creating bare ground for plants to reclaim. Their biggest achievement to date is reducing the dominance of the creeping thistle at the top of the site. By eating the flowers and fleshy leaves, they have reduced the growth rate far more than we ever could - increasing wildflower species in previously thistle-dominated areas, such as birds foot trefoil, self-heal and knapweed. We will continue to introduce rewilding practices into all of our reserves and projects.
Human-accelerated climate change is one of the most profound environmental crises that we have ever experienced. Without urgent action, this climate emergency is likely to reach catastrophic levels by as soon as 2030, with risk of drought, flood, wildfires, food shortages and poverty for hundreds of millions of people, as well as biodiversity loss and species extinctions. By implementing nature-based solutions, we can increase wildlife biodiversity and tackle the climate emergency at the same time. One way we are already doing this is by restoring wetlands in North Somerset to restore habitats to a healthy condition. We have already seen an increase in overwintering bird populations. Our goal is to restore the deep peat landscape to help store large quantities of carbon from the atmosphere.
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.Chief Executive, The Wildlife Trusts
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.
Build a wilder future with us
Your support goes a long way
The Wildlife Trusts have big plans for nature's recovery. Here's just a sneak peek at some of our plans, which we hope to make a reality with your support...