General Election: it matters for our wildlife

Posted 16th May 2017

The snap UK General Election on June 8 is happening at a crucial time for wildlife and the next HM Government will have some big decisions to make for the UK’s natural environment.

Never before have the stakes for wildlife been so great: the majority of our environmental laws are currently wrapped up with our membership of the European Union; and so are some really key policies that affect wildlife.

Rutland Water Nature Reserve (pictured above) is just one of our international wildlife hotspots currently covered by EU nature directives; and our local bats and otters amongst the wild animal species specially protected.

The rewards for making the right decisions would also be great: a UK which is a world-leader on the environment with clean air, clear water, a stable climate, healthy seas, beautiful landscapes and thriving wildlife in the places we care about most. All this is fundamental to the well-being and prosperity of our own and future generations.

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust believes that people are part of nature; everything we value ultimately comes from it and everything we do has an impact on it. We believe that each year, there should be more wildlife and more wild places, and people should become closer to nature.

You can help give wildlife a safer future. Candidates will be talking to you on your doorsteps and in your streets. Let them know how much wildlife matters to you, and ask them what they plan to do to help it thrive.

For more information go to the Get Involved section of this website. 

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