Take action for a wilder future

Take action for a wilder future

50% decline of hedgehogs in our countryside
41% of insects threatened with extinction
80% of UK peatlands damaged
92% of seagrass beds lost around the UK

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 as a national movement 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.

Nature: how much is enough?

We can do this together

By joining our mission for nature's recovery, whether that means adding your name to our national campaigns, becoming a member of the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire or donating to an appeal, you will make a real difference to wildlife and our natural world. Every little bit of support will help us achieve our vision for a wilder future.

Together, nationally, 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.

We want to restore 30% of land for wildlife by 2030

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Wave of Hope

In 2021, the UK will host two critical summits – the G7 in June and COP26 in November. It’s time for global leaders to address the world’s biggest crises and work together for a recovery that provides vaccines and healthcare for all, fights poverty and injustice, and helps end the climate and nature crises. By putting up homemade ‘hands’ with messages of hope in our windows, adding photos to a gallery, and displaying them at the G7 and COP26, we can show that we stand united.

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State of Nature Campaign

We must put nature's recovery into law before it's too late. Show your support for stronger nature protection by signing our petition.

  • We need urgent action from the Government to protect nature.
  • The Environment Bill is our last chance to set this right.
  • There must be a legally binding target for nature's recovery.

We have joined forces with more than 50 nature conservation groups to urge the Prime Minister to make sure this crucial change gets through. Will you join us?

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Peat sales must end now

Peat for compost is dug out of peatlands, which are very special (and incredibly wild!) habitats that also act as a carbon store, helping tackle climate change. If sales of peat-based materials like compost continue, peat extraction in the UK and imports of peat-based products from abroad will also continue. 

We need an immediate end to peat sales.

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Matthew Roberts

Become a member of the Wildlife Trust BCN

Joining your local Wildlife Trust is one of the best ways to support our work looking after wildlife and wild places in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

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Help bring our beetles back

Beetles, a vital and beautiful part of any wildlife garden, are threatened by things like pesticides, habitat loss and climate change - but you can help!

Download a free guide, produced with the RHS, and pledge to create a beetle home on your own patch.

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Chris Lawrence

More ways to take action

Whether you leave a patch of your garden for wildlife, contact your MP to call for greater protection for wildlife and wild places or do your bit to conserve water and create less plastic waste - every thing you can do helps to create a wilder future.

What we're doing

We work to protect the wildlife and wild places of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire in many ways, and your support enables us to continue this vital work towards a wilder future. 

Find out more about our work

Here are some local examples of work we're doing to help achieve 30% of land for wildlife by 2030 - and beyond.


Farming in the Nene Valley

As part of the government's Environmental Land Management (ELM) test and trial, we are working with Natural Capital Solutions and land managers in the Upper Nene Valley to trial how habitat opportunity mapping can help prioritise, safeguard and link-up habitats on and across landholdings. 

ELM Test and Trial

And in the Nene Valley, from Northampton to Peterborough, we are working with farmers and landowners to help restore and create meadow and wetland habitats as well as undertake vital infrastructural improvements to tackle diffuse pollution & aid water quality. .

Farming for the Future

Image: Helena Darragh

Land restoration

The Great Fen Project

Our ambitious 50 year habitat restoration project in the Cambridgeshire Fens, with 14 square miles of land restored to wild fen, will create a huge nature recovery network across a threatened peatland landscape.

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Wet farming

Water Works is a two year project aiming to look at ways to develop a more sustainable future for fenland resources – its soil, water and people. Through the project we are trialling new farming methods designed to protect our precious peat soils and water resources, by using new science and technology to develop and monitor these techniques and by applying for UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status to support and unite people to create a thriving fenland economy and countryside.

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People planting Typha Latifolia at the Great Fen for the Water Works wet farming project. Image by Alistair Grant

We need change!

We’ve imagined what The Wind in the Willows world would look today, and it’s not a happy story. But we don't have to have an unhappy ending.

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. David Attenborough explains below what this could look like.

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Corn bunting (Milaria calandra) singing in hedgerow at an arable farm in Hertfordshire. April 2011. - Chris Gomersall/2020VISION

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