Campaign for a Wilder Future

It’s not too late to bring our wildlife back

The Wilder Future campaign is about advocating for political change as well as asking people to take small ‘personal’ actions where they live to help wildlife. The idea is that these individual actions add up to something much bigger across the country.

We have therefore commissioned a film – ‘Wind & the Willows: A Wild Story’, which will be screened in cinemas from 28th March 2019, to reach and inspire the public to take action.

Sadly, since we first met Badger, Ratty and friends in 1908, the UK has become one of the most nature-depleted nations in the world. The Wildlife Trusts have re-imagined Wind in the Willows in 2019, shedding light on some of the problems our wildlife faces every day. We’ve reached a point where our natural world is in critical condition and needs our help to put it into recovery.

It’s not too late to bring our wildlife back, but we must act now. Join the campaign and receive simple actions you can take for nature’s recovery. 

Join our campaign for a #WilderFuture

 

Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad

Watch our favourite characters return in the new film here: 

Kenneth Grahame wrote Wind in the Willows just over a hundred years ago. Since then, many of the UK’s wild places and the plants and animals that depend on them have been lost. For example: 97% of lowland meadows and the beautiful wildflowers, insects, mammals and birds that they supported have disappeared; 80% of our beautiful purple heathlands have vanished.

Kenneth Grahame’s Ratty – the water vole – is the UK’s most rapidly declining mammal and has been lost from 94% of places where they were once prevalent, and their range is continuing to contract. Toad is also finding that times are very tough: he has lost nearly 70% of his own kind in the last 30 years alone – and much more than that in the last century.

Together we can make the next chapter for wildlife a happier one. Join us to put nature into recovery.

From rivers and woodlands, to birds and flowers, our natural world is struggling. Over half the species assessed in the State of Nature report have suffered since the 1970s, with many of our much-loved animals struggling. Just some of the declines we have seen in recent years include:

  • 66% decline in the number of barn owls since the 1930s
  • 95% decline in the number of basking shark in UK waters since 1950s
  • 40% decline in the number of Atlantic salmon since the 1970s
  • 90% decline in the number of common frogs since the 1980s
  • 90% decline in the number of water voles since the 1990s.

Wildlife needs us. We can make a difference. A new and ambitious Environment Act can help reverse the trend of missing wildlife, setting out a plan for nature's recovery and creating a healthier natural world for us all.

The campaign for a wilder future starts here

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.

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.

How would an Environment Act help wildlife in Shropshire?

  1. Improve people’s access to nature, especially in towns and cities
  2. Create new wild areas and wildlife corridors across the county
  3. Keep Shropshire's existing wildlife sites safe from harm
  4. Stop Shropshire's soils washing away into rivers and the sea  
  5. Improve air quality, especially in towns and cities
  6. Stop poisoning Shropshire's rivers and streams with chemicals
  7. Reduce emissions that are contributing to climate change
  8. Protect people’s rights to a healthy natural environment
  9. Avoid the loss of environmental protection laws after Brexit.