The natural world is in a critical condition. Let's put it into recovery.

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We love the classic children's novel 'The Wind in the Willows'. But when we re-imagined the tale for the 21st century, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, it was clear that it's not a happy story. 

What's the solution? 

We believe a Nature Recovery Network, set  in law, could halt the devastating decline in wild places and healthy wildlife populations happening today.  

There are various laws to protect nature (although they have not always been effective) but we do not have laws to support putting nature back.  We want a Nature Recovery Network (NRN) set in law that will map the places where wildlife currently thrives and highlight the spaces where more habitat could be created, to connect these in a network that extends across landscapes, joining with others to form a national network through which wildife can be restored. 

We want to see a Nature Recovery Network established through the Westminster Environment Bill, through Area Statements and in the Sustainable Land Management Bill in Wales, in a new Northern Ireland Environment Strategy, and in Scotland we need a National Ecological Network. 

You can help! 

Let's give wild spaces and wildlife across the UK the "happy ever after" they deserve... 

Use the simple form to show your support for new laws to help ensure nature's recovery.  To find out more about how a NRN will work and why this is important, click in the box below. 

Why is this important? > read more

Our aim is to put space for nature at the heart of our farming and planning systems; to bring nature into the places where most people live their daily lives. Read more about our ambition and you can download the full report  'Towards a Wilder Britain'

Wildlife ought to be everywhere, not just in a few protected areas. That’s why we work together to re-build our life support system: a Nature Recovery Network.  
This is a joined-up network of habitats that provide enough space for wildlife to recover and for people to thrive. It maps out at a local and national level the places where wildlife lives now and the places where wildlife ought to be. At the same time this will help to target investment and identify where regulations need to be better enforced. A NRN will also help meet targets for environmental improvement and nature’s recovery, and boost integration between national and local land-based regulation, spending, investment and action in turn ensuring better value for public money. 

Who can make a NRN happen? 

  • Farmers, foresters and other land managers can provide more space for nature if the government focuses public payments in the right places, and ensures good regulation and sensible standards.

  • Developers and investors can make the best decisions for their business and wildlife if they know where development is best located and how best to build and invest for wildlife.

  • Public bodies (not least local government) are important convenors. They can help to ensure that decisions affecting nature are better integrated across government to maximise benefits to people and wildlife.

  • Regulators will regulate most effectively if they have a shared plan so they can see how their different areas of responsibility interact in practice, and how they can contribute most effectively to nature’s recovery on the ground.

  • All of us can help by taking action for, and providing space for, wildlife where we live and work. On their own our actions can feel isolated or small, but linked together every garden, window box, field margin, street tree and riverbank makes a difference.

A Nature Recovery Network can only work if it is spatially planned; evidence-based; locally developed and nationally connected; statutory; our collective responsibility. To create an effective, sustainable NRN we need the laws, the tools and the people to do it.

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