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Why is an Environment Act needed in Leicestershire and Rutland?

We need wildlife.

Our natural world is valuable in its own right and is the foundation of our wellbeing - we depend on it and it depends on us. Without a healthy natural world the survival of humanity is at stake. By creating more space for nature, we can create a better world for people and wildlife.

Wildlife is in trouble.

From rivers and woodlands, to birds and flowers, our natural world is struggling. Over half the species assessed in the State of Nature report have suffered since the 1970s, with many of our much-loved animals struggling. Just some of the declines we have seen in recent years include:

* 66% decline in the number of barn owls since the 1930s

* 90% decline in the number of common frogs since the 1980s

* 90% decline in the number of water voles since the 1990s.

Wildlife needs us.

We can make a difference! A new and ambitious Environment Act can help reverse the trend of missing wildlife, setting out a plan for nature's recovery and creating a healthier natural world for us all.

Photo credit: Helena Dolby for Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust