We care about the wildlife and nature issues that matter to you
The Wildlife Trust takes a stand on important issues that threaten the ability of wildlife to thrive in our three counties.
We are working with a number of other Wildlife Trusts to fight the damage to wildlife that could be caused by the planned high speed rail link between London and Birmingham - HS2
The Wildlife Trust is keen to ensure that planning reforms do not reduce the protection afforded to nature and wildlife. Read more on our planning page.
We are also making plans to mitigate the effects of climate change.
George Osborne’s Autumn Statement in November 2011 marked a low point for the cause of nature conservation. Not only did he announce a review that could undermine our most precious wildlife sites, but he has undermined his own government’s promise to be the greenest government ever and our hope that nature is really valued by politicians at Westminster.
He announced that the Government wants to reduce the protection afforded to our very best wildlife sites – including those that include habitats that are rare at a European Level – in order to facilitate development.
The Habitats and Bird Directives afford strong protection for just 335 sites across the country, including 10 in our three counties such as the iconic Woodwalton Fen, Wicken Fen, Barnack Hills and Holes and, only announced this year, the Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits. They are the very best places for wildlife and are protected accordingly.
The government says it wants to ensure the directives do ‘not lead to unnecessary costs and delays to development’.
We’re all on board for properly reviewing legislation to make sure it remains fit for purpose, but this is an attempt to dismantle important safeguards for precious sites.
Read more about this issue on Chris Gerrard (the Trust's Director of Living Landscapes) blog entry.