Defend Nature

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#DefendNature: We Need You

UK Government is seriously threatening our wildlife

We know you are as angry as we are about UK Government's plans to change nature and climate laws - and are asking you to help #DefendNature.

Nature has really taken a battering. The UK Government has announced that they will be:

  • Removing important laws that protect nature
  • Considering scrapping plans to reward farmers for managing land in a nature-friendly way.

These go against the explicit promises the Conservative Party made in their 2019 manifesto and the mandate they were elected to govern on. We have no option left to us but to ask our political leaders to represent us - their electorate.

How you can help: step-by-step

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Send a postcard to your MP

Let your MP know why your local nature spaces are important to you and why they deserve to be protected

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Write to your MP

  1. Download our template letter here
  2. Edit or add to the text to reflect your own concerns
  3. Find your MP here
  4. Send your letter by post or email to your MP
Further guidance here

Why are The Wildlife Trusts and other environmental charities so concerned?

We believe the UK Government has launched a full-scale attack on nature – leaving wildlife unprotected by tearing up some of the most fundamental laws we’ve got.

New planning laws and ‘investment zones’ announced on Friday 23rd September represent a ‘free-for-all’ on nature by weakening the laws previously in place to protect it from bulldozers and concrete. The new Retained EU Law Bill could also see the end of basic protections, leading to the loss of designated wildlife sites and a relaxation on pollution laws, resulting in more sewage in our rivers and streams.

What’s more, the UK Government is also reviewing the new system that has been developed to reward farmers that help to restore the environment. Reports suggest that instead they might revert back to the old system of paying farmers depending on how much land they own (with larger landowners receiving more subsidy). This is a complete about turn on the farming reform the Conservation Party promised to deliver in their election manifesto in 2019.