Wind in the Willows

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It's not too late to bring our wildlife back

Sadly, since we first met Badger, Ratty and friends in 1908 the UK has become one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world. The Wildlife Trusts have re-imagines Wind in the Willows in 2019, shedding light on some of the problems our wildlife faces every day. We’ve reached a point where our natural world is in critical condition and needs our help to put it into recovery.

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Together we can make the next chapter for wildlife a happier one. Join us to put nature into recovery

What happened to the Willows?

Kenneth Grahame wrote 'The Wind in the Willows' more than 100 years ago. It was a world of colourful wildflower meadows, sparkling rivers and plentiful wildlife, but so much has changed since then.

Many of the UK's wild places and the plants and animals that depend on them have been lost: 97% of wildflower meadows destroyed; 80% of our beautiful purple heathlands, gone; Ratty the water vole is now the UK's fastest declining mammal and has died out in 94% of the places where it once thrived.

Turtle doves and nightjars no longer live in the North West, the Manchester argus butterfly is locally extinct and just 2% of our magnificent northern mosslands remain, the rest destroyed by peat extraction and development.

This needs to change.

The Wilder Future campaign

The Wilder Future campaign is about advocating for political change as well as asking people to take small personal actions where they live. Together, small actions can make a big difference.

A bit more about the Wilder Future campaign

The Wildlife Trusts launched The Wind in the Willows film trailer on 28 March 2019 to inspire more people to get involved and build momentum towards a #WilderFuture. Along with the 45 other Wildlife Trusts across the country, we want to create a tipping point of 1 in 4 people taking part.

The Wilder Future campaign is calling for Nature Recovery Networks to better protect and join up important places for wildlife. In England, the campaign is calling for the Government's upcoming Environment Bill to include measures to drive the creation of these Nature Recovery Networks.  Due to the devolved nature of environmental issues we are also campaigning for a separate Environment Bill in Scotland, while in Wales we are asking for a Sustainable Land Management Bill.

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