Campaign for a Wilder Future

A teenage girl running through woodlands in Yorkshire

Helen Dolby - Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust

66 % of barn owls have vanished since the 1930s
95 % of basking sharks lost from UK waters
90 % of common frogs vanished since the 1980s
2 % of Lancashire's mosslands now remain

Nature needs us

Our natural world is in critical condition. Wildlife is being wiped out, wild space is disappearing and our natural support systems are being destroyed, with devastating consequences.

The UK has become one of the most nature-depleted countries on the planet. But we can turn this around.

We want to see at least 30% of our land and seas recovering by 2030, but we can't do it alone. You can be part of this Wilder Future,

What nature needs to recover

Wildlife needs space - it needs thriving wild places that aren't only protected, but are restored and reconnected. Wildlife needs to be included, not alienated, in planning and political decisions, with strong legislation on its side. Wildlife needs us all to play our part in making sure that nature stays at the top of the political agenda.

A legally-binding Environment Bill

Find out why we need a legally-binding nature recovery target written into the Environment Bill, and how you can help make it happen.

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Bertie Gregory/2020VISION

A Nature Recovery Network

What is a Nature Recovery Network and how are we mapping one across Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside?

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Amy Lewis

How we're helping nature recover

Our vision is for a wilder Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside, where more people have a deep and meaningful connection with the nature on their doorstep. Here are just some of the ways we're making it happen.

Reintroducing species

Through the Great Manchester Wetlands Species Reintroduction Project we're returning locally extinct plants and animals back to their rightful homes.

Find out how

One of the first large heath butterflies to fly on Astley Moss in over 100 years! By Andy Hankinson

Restoring peatlands

98 per cent of our lowland peatlands have been destroyed or damaged beyond repair. We're working tirelessly to safeguard the rest, including restoring those with life still left to give.

Find out how

Little Woolden Moss is a rare fragment on lowland raised peat bog in Greater Manchester - Tim Prevett

Creating a Local Nature Recovery Network in Manchester

To survive, wildlife needs more room to thrive, especially in our cities. We're creating a Local Nature Recovery Network in Manchester that connects fragmented wild spaces.

Find out how

Nick Rodd

Empowering people to make a difference at home

Our free My Wild Garden guide is arming people with the tools to help wildlife in their daily lives, no matter the size of their outdoor space.

Join the My Wild Garden movement

Ben Hall/2020VISION

How you can help nature recover

From taking action for insects in your home and garden to writing to your MP about the state of nature, here are some ways you can be part of a Wilder Future.

Take Action for Insects

41 per cent of insect species face extinction, but you can help us turn this around. Take action for insects in your home, garden or local community.

Get your free guide

Write to your MP

Though it might seem daunting, writing to your MP is a great way to show them what matters to their constituents. If you aren't sure where to start, there are some tips on the page below.

Speak up for wildlife

Live green

Helping wildlife starts at home. From building a bug hotel to going peat-free in your garden, here are some ideas for things you can do to make a difference for wildlife where you live.

Green living tips

Volunteer with us

From leading guided walks on the Fylde sand dunes to helping us manage woodland rides for butterflies, our incredible volunteers help us achieve so much more for wildlife.

Register as a volunteer

Become a member

Our charity wouldn't survive without our 28,000 members. By joining us, you'll be supporting our work on the ground to make Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside even wilder.

Become a member

Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography

Make a donation

Every donation, no matter how large or small, goes towards helping us restore barren peatlands, save red squirrels from extinction, help rare butterflies thrive, and so much more.

Make a donation

Peter Cairns/2020VISION

Where the Wilder Future campaign started

What would The Wind in the Willows look like in the modern age? Since we first met Badger, Ratty, Toad and Mole in 1908, much has changed, so we reimagined this idyllic tale for 2019.