Thank you for joining our campaign for a Wilder Future. Can you now help us write the next chapter?
Wales is home to a wonderful range of wildlife and beautiful landscapes. From the red kite soaring overhead, to dolphins leaping majestically in our waters, to a child enthralled by a ladybird on their fingertip, we can all wonder at the variety of life and beauty around us.
However, even the most casual of observers may have noticed that all is not well. They may have noticed the loss of bees and butterflies from a favourite walk, the disappearance of sparrows from their garden, no salmon jumping in their local river, or the absence of the colourful wildflower meadows of their youth.
Scientists have warned of a catastrophic collapse of nature with a 60% decline in wildlife populations in just over 40 years. Other research shows that dramatic rates of decline may lead to the extinction of 40% of the world's insect species over the next few decades. This is a global problem and Wales is not immune. The facts on natures’ decline in Wales is overwhelming with:
- 1 in 14 species heading for extinction
- 57% of wild plants, 60% of butterflies and 40% of birds are in decline
- More than one third of (known) marine vertebrate and plant life has diminished
- 75% of our internationally important European habitats in Wales are in unfavourable condition and 55% of internationally important European species
- Wales is in the worst 25% for biodiversity loss of the 218 countries assessed globally.
Today’s picture is like this because our systems and laws that should be keeping nature healthy are failing – both for wildlife and people. As a result, everything is becoming disconnected.
We need to put nature into recovery and we need to do it now.
Please ask your Assembly Members to act for wildlife. The Welsh Government is currently drafting the content of a new Countryside Bill. This is why it is crucial that we all join together now to write the next chapter for wildlife. Let’s make the scenes from our version of The Wind in the Willows a thing of fiction.