Hedgehog in a garden

Hedgehog © Tom Marshall

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. 

Help us to restore 30% of land and sea for nature by 2030

Together we can save wildlife

What needs to happen?

The Wildlife Trusts 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...

The next ten years must be a time of renewal, of rewilding our lives, of green recovery. We all need nature more than ever and when we succeed in reaching 30 by 30 we’ll have wilder landscapes that store carbon and provide on-your-doorstep nature for people too. Everyone can support and help us to succeed.
Craig Bennett
Chief Executive, The Wildlife Trusts

We can do this together

By joining our mission for nature's recovery, you will make a real difference to wildlife and our natural world. Every pound donated will help us achieve our vision for a wilder future. Together 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.  

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Your support goes a long way

The Wildlife Trusts have big plans for nature's recovery. Here's just a sneak peek at some of our plans, which we hope to make a reality with your support...

Transforming 42-acre ex-golf course in Carlisle

A former city centre golf course is getting a wild make-over to create a new urban oasis for bees and butterflies. Cumbria Wildlife Trust is working with Carlisle City Council to transform the area into a nature rich home for vital pollinators. 

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Heathland heroes

In an ambitious plan, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust has the chance to create one huge 300-acre heathland by restoring arable fields at Dropping Well Farm. 

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Stonechat ©Ben Hall/2020VISION

Reviving ice-age ponds in Norfolk

Norfolk Wildlife Trust has the chance to buy 140 acres of arable fields and woodland to protect more space for wildlife. Work will focus on restoring ghost pingos and reinstating the thriving Breckland grass heath known to be present in the 18th century.

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Female Common Darter ©Chris Lawrence

Helping the rare marsh fritillary in Wiltshire

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust recently bought 44 acres of land at Upper Minety, extending vital habitat for one of Europe’s rarest butterflies, the marsh fritillary.

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Breathing life into 20 urban nature areas

Durham Wildlife Trust has been awarded £407,300 to carry out vital work on 20 urban sites in Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside, and bring communities closer to nature on their doorstep.

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Piloting eco-friendly ‘Naturehoods’

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust will work with local people in Baston village to put more nature into the village, with hedgehog highways and bee lines. 

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© Zsuzsanna Bird

Securing a future for 14 acres of rare wildflower meadows in Herefordshire

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust is raising £200,000 to restore a precious hay meadow increasing wildflowers to boost numbers of the wood white butterfly.

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Lianne de Mello

Improving 30 acres historic northern hay meadows for wildflowers in Cumbria

Cumbria Wildlife Trust is plug planting and using ‘green hay’ to redistribute seeds around these precious 30 acres to restore them to top condition following a decline in the quality of the grasslands over the last 20 years.

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Restoring land for nature around the iconic Stiperstones Ridge

Shropshire Wildlife Trust has raised money to purchase 12 acres of important and unimproved acid grasslands above Tankerville, which will enable harebells, yellow mountain pansies, stonechats and skylarks to thrive.

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Restoring traditional Rhos pasture for butterflies

Rhos pasture, which is marshy grassland, supports important populations of small pearl-bordered fritillary and in the past, marsh fritillary butterfly. Today Rhos pasture is concentrated within a few areas of Wales. Radnorshire Wildlife Trust is carrying out surveys and offering landowner advice to improve management and bring back biodiversity to this significant grassland.

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Rhos Pasture in west Radnorshire © Viv Green

Help us to restore 30% of land and sea for nature by 2030

Together we can save wildlife

Discover more incredible 30 by 30 projects

Rewilding the Soar Valley - Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust

Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust want to continue their work in the Soar Valley, restoring the natural landscape so it prevents flooding and increases space for wildlife. They have been doing extensive work in recent years to restore wildlife and wild places to the floodplains of the Soar and Wreake – two of the most significant rivers in Leicestershire. Their goal is to enable the floodplain to function more naturally, which has huge benefits for nature and for people.

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Natural Trent Valley - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust are working with Local Authorities to create extensive wetlands, joined with rivers and canals, that will allow wildlife to move freely across the Trent Valley.

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A wilder Isle of Wight - Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust are working to bring back lost species such as beavers, chough and cirl bunting. Working with others, they want to see the return of species in their two counties, which may then act as a catalyst for the recovery of entire ecosystems and wildlife communities.

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Rare chalk grassland - Surrey Wildlife Trust

During the next five years Surrey Wildlife Trust will help nature recover in some of the most endangered areas in the county, including the North Downs, a stunning ridge of chalk hills which runs from Surrey to the White Cliffs of Dover.

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Lost fenland to be restored - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust aims to restore 50 hectares of the county’s lost peat-fenland at Bourne North Fen to become a home for a wide variety of wildlife, linking up important nature reserves.

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Shaping the future of Sherwood Forest - Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is working with partners to enhance, restore, re-creating and re-connect wildlife habitats across Sherwood Forest landscape and to work with local communities to transforming this legendary landscape for wildlife and people.

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Saving barn owls - Ulster Wildlife

It is estimated that there are few than 30 breeding pairs of barn owls left in Northern Ireland.  Ulster Wildlife is saving barn owls through targeted nest box installation, mapping populations, monitoring and ringing chicks, and advising landowners on managing land and protecting sites for barn owls.

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A bigger and better Brecks - Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Since its earliest days, Norfolk Wildlife Trust has been protecting the Brecks and its wildlife. Today they have a remarkable opportunity to expand Thompson Common by reconnecting it to adjoining arable and woodland.

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Nature Close to Home - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust want to create more wild places close to where people live - increasing wellbeing and making space for nature.

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