Today (Monday September 28, 2020) The Wildlife Trusts launch 30 by 30, a public appeal to raise £30 million to start putting nature into recovery across at least 30 per cent of land and sea by 2030.

Nature has suffered serious declines for decades with 26 per cent of UK mammals in danger of disappearing altogether and hedgehogs, red squirrels, bats, turtle doves, cuckoo, water voles and basking sharks all at risk. It is not only individual species that are threatened; the collapse in the abundance of nature also means many of our ecosystems are not functioning as they should.

It is estimated that there are few than 30 breeding pairs of barn owls left in Northern Ireland. Extreme weather conditions, loss of suitable foraging and nesting habitat, combined with the build-up of toxins from consuming poisoned prey have all taken their toll. Without urgent help, barns owls could be lost forever from Northern Ireland. Ulster Wildlife is saving barn owls through targeted nest box installation, mapping populations, monitoring and ringing chicks, and advising landowners on managing land and protecting sites for barn owls. For more information on this project visit  www.ulsterwildlife.org/barn-owls

Craig Bennett, chief executive of The Wildlife Trusts, said:

“The next ten years must be a time of renewal, of rewilding our lives, of green recovery. We all need nature more than ever and when we succeed in reaching 30 by 30 we’ll have wilder landscapes that store carbon and provide on-your-doorstep nature for people too. Everyone can support and help us to succeed.The aim is to bring nature everywhere Including to the places where people live.”

Liz Bonnin, science and natural history broadcaster and ambassador for The Wildlife Trusts says:

“We know that the UK is one of the most nature depleted countries in the world and we’re facing the dual crises of climate change and biodiversity loss. Put plainly, our wildlife is disappearing and at an alarming rate. Some of our most-loved species are threatened. We’re talking about hedgehogs, barn owls and red squirrels – not the exotic wildlife we think of when we talk about extinction. But there is hope. The Wildlife Trusts have an audacious plan to raise £30 million to heal at least 30% of our land and sea for nature so it can recover by 2030. We can all help them make it happen.”

The Wildlife Trusts’ 30 by 30 appeal asks people, individuals, corporates and communities to donate at www.wildlifetrusts.org/30-30-30

Join the Big Wild Walk fundraiser October 26 –November 1  www.wildlifetrusts.org/big-wild-walk

Image credit – Russell Savory

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