South West England Countryside
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Biodiversity South West
The South West region has an abundance of fantastic wildlife and habitats. This website supports the work of our partnership and provides information for those who wish to get involved in protecting and enhancing biodiversity in the South West.
S.W. Countryside News
- National Lottery Heritage Fund throws lifeline of over £1 million to Wildlife Trusts during Covid-19 16th July 2020Avon Wildlife Trust one of fifteen Wildlife Trusts awarded emergency grants
- New report calls for ambitious pesticide reduction target 7th July 2020Nation of insect champions needed to reverse insect decline
- Avon Wildlife Trust and Forest of Imagination to submit a joint proposal for a Nature and Art Discovery Centre at the Entry Hill golf course in Bath 2nd July 2020In collaboration with Forest of Imagination, Avon Wildlife Trust will submit a business proposal to BANES Council to reimagine the 10-hectare (ha) Entry Hill golf course into an intergenerational sustainable, wildlife-rich, inspiring and playful nature park, enriched by art and providing nature-based learning for all.
- New report calls for ambitious pesticide reduction target 8th July 2020Nation of insect champions needed to reverse insect decline
- The Wildlife Trusts call for nature to be at the heart of economic recovery – not simply an ‘add-on’ 30th June 2020The Wildlife Trusts are deeply disappointed by today's Government announcement to spend billions on roads at a time when serious investment in nature could address the twin emergencies of our age - climate change and nature loss - as well as provide jobs and improve people's lives.
- New report shows how we can kick start nature's recovery and absorb a third of UK's emissions 24th June 2020The Wildlife Trusts shows how investing in nature would reap big dividends in tackling climate crisis.
- Kennall Vale - Coronavirus Side Effects on Nature 7th July 2020The experience of lockdown and removal of the freedoms we all took for granted, has led many of us searching for new things to do. This has seen an increase in people rediscovering the great outdoors.
- Cornwall Wildlife Trust has received £46,300 National Lottery support to help address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic 23rd June 2020Cornwall Wildlife Trust has received £46,300 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help ensure its continued work to protect Cornwall’s wildlife and wild spaces.
- Cornwall Wildlife Trust backs new form of protection for the sea and call on Government for ambitious delivery plan for Highly Protected Marine Areas within a year 8th June 2020The Benyon review of Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) is published by Defra today. Cornwall Wildlife Trust backs its recommendations that HPMAs should be an essential part of the UK network for protection and recovery of the marine environment, and the government should introduce HPMAs within existing protected areas.
- Higher protection for our seas! 30th June 2020Our seas are crucial, beautiful, but vulnerable. To ensure their future we need to secure the highest possible protection for them.
- Why should we care about insects? 15th June 202087% of all plant species need animal pollination and most of this is delivered by insects. Around three-quarters of all crop types grown by humans need to be pollinated by insects. If we want to survive- we need insects!
- Yet again World Oceans Day is a good news day for our seas! - Joan Edwards 8th June 2020Joan Edwards of The Wildlife Trusts reflects on being a member of the HPMA review panel and is calling for an ambitious delivery plan for Highly Protected Marine Areas within a year
- New report shows how we can all take Action for Insects in Dorset 9th July 2020The Wildlife Trusts have published a new report ‘Reversing the Decline of Insects’ which shows how people in every part of society, wherever they live, can take action to bring back declining insects.
- Response to Britain’s ‘new deal’: Nature must be at the heart of the economic recovery 3rd July 2020Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) welcomes recent government announcements to invest in local nature conservation projects. However, there is deep concern about the threat to environmental regulations and massive spending on roads at a time when serious investment in nature could address the greatest emergencies of our time – climate change and nature loss – as […]
- Beavers Build Back Better – but their future is not secure 15th May 2020Beavers create thriving ecosystems helping us to put nature firmly back on the road to recovery. The Wildlife Trusts are calling for a Beaver Strategy for England which would provide a roadmap to monitor how they can increase healthy and thriving beaver populations in catchments, agree management frameworks with stakeholders and monitor their benefits scientifically.
- The unseen threats to Meadow Clary 15th July 2020Gloucestershire is home to some marvellous meadows and Stuart Fawkes nature reserve is no exception. Alan Sumnall, Stroud Valleys Reserve Manager talks about a threatened species of flower at the reserve, Meadow Clary and how the changes of the modern world makes it difficult for plants like this to thrive.
- Little Furry Slugs and Teenage Dirtbags 10th July 2020Pine martens have been in the Forest of Dean since September and have been doing extremely well, they've made the forest their new home. In today's blog Project Officer Josie shares the latest pine marten updates including news of the new arrivals.
- Build, build, build! 6th July 2020Roger discusses how nature desperately needs help from the Government, findings from our Life After Lockdown survey and how we must build back better with nature.