The Wildlife Trusts

THE WILDLIFE TRUSTS

WORKING WITH THE LANDSCAPE


STEPHANIE HILBORNE
Stephanie Hilborne, chief executive of The Wildlife Trusts, said: "The Living Art campaign, The Big Picture of Natural Britain, comes at a time when the importance of our natural environment and threats to its survival are becoming more clearly understood.
The UK's wildlife will be dramatically affected by climate change and we can't afford to ignore it. For wildlife to be able to cope, and to prevent a collapse in the number and variety of UK plants and animals, we need to restore and create a 'living' landscape. We need to begin stitching the countryside back together to allow wildlife to adapt, and provide strong protection for our seas.
We need to manage our marine environment in a more sustainable manner making it more resilient to the effects of climate change. The Marine Bill offers us the opportunity to manage our seas more effectively."
The Wildlife Trusts' report - A Living Landscape - has a fourpoint plan which maps a way forward in countering climate change and restoring the UK's battered ecosystems, for both wildlife and people; from inner cities to rural communities. "Driven by local people and aspirations, The Wildlife Trusts play a leading role not just in developing the vision for a living landscape but in mustering support to allow communities to drive their own change. We look to the Government to show leadership also. It needs to be brave enough to remove the obstacles preventing our wildlife from adapting; to buy more time by resolving to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions; and to show political will by serious investment in habitat restoration and creation. We need to find ways to help our wildlife become more resilient to the trials it faces in the 21st century. We must work on a landscape scale if we are to give wildlife a chance and allow future generations to enjoy nature as we have."

The Wildlife Trusts (TWT) www.wildlifetrusts.org
There are 47 local Wildlife Trusts across the whole of the UK, the Isle of Man and Alderney. We are working for an environment rich in wildlife for everyone. With 670,000 members, we are the largest UK voluntary organisation dedicated to conserving the full range of the UK's habitats and species, whether they be in the countryside, in cities or at sea. 108,000 of our members belong to our junior branch, Wildlife Watch. We manage 2,200 nature reserves covering more than 80,000 hectares; we stand up for wildlife; we inspire people about the natural world and we foster sustainable living.