Thursday, 29 November 2018

Speak Up For Wildlife

Cheshire Wildlife Trust's latest newsletter...

Barn Owl

I need your help

My home is under threat and 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 Wildlife Trusts and friends have convinced Westminster Government of the need for a new law – an Environment Act - to improve protection for our country’s wildlife. But not all politicians are convinced and to make sure the law not only protects wildlife like me but helps us to recover, we need everyone on board.

Now is the moment

MPs will be voting on this soon, so we need them to support a strong Environment Act, because a country with more wildlife is better for me – and better for you too!

Earlier this month, Cheshire Wildlife Trust went to Westminster to speak up for wildlife on behalf of their 13,000 members.

Cheshire Wildlife Trust's Katie Greenwood and Charlotte Harris at Westminster.

Pictured above: Cheshire Wildlife Trust's Katie Greenwood and Charlotte Harris at Westminster.

I don't have an MP - but you do

Wildlife Trusts all around the country are calling on you! Please arrange a meeting with your MP and help us talk to every single one by Christmas.

By talking to your MP you can help them to understand the part they have to play in stopping the loss of wildlife and bringing about more nature in people’s lives. Please ask your MP to support a strong Environment Act and to promote this to others in their party.


Critically, we need the Environment Act to give us:

Nature Targets: 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

A Nature Recovery Network: a joined-up network of habitats that provide enough space for wildlife to recover and for people to thrive.

A Nature Watchdog: 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.


1. Improve our access to nature, especially in towns and cities

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

3. Keep our existing wildlife sites safe from harm

4. Protect our best wildlife habitats under the sea

5. Stop our soils washing away into rivers and the sea

6. Improve air quality

7. Stop poisoning our rivers and streams with chemicals

8. Reduce emissions that are contributing to climate change

9. Protect our rights to a healthy natural environment

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

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