HM Government is launching consultations on new national planning and farming policies. These will have huge implications for our wildlife and wild places.
Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is asking everyone who wants to see nature’s fortunes improve to seize this rare opportunity to influence the future of both national farming and planning policy and how these impact on nature in England.
Help reverse the decline of English wildlife by acting swiftly and responding to the consultations which end in early May.
There has never been a better time to stand up for wildlife and make our voices heard. Decisions about housing and farming are fundamental to the future of wildlife in this country. Please write to the government at this critical moment and before May 8 to ask for wildlife to be taken more seriously in planning decisions – not least to call for protection for Local Wildlife Sites to be reinstated; and please have your say on agricultural policy because farmers deserve to be rewarded by the tax payer if their work benefits our society as a whole.
More information about The Wildlife Trusts’ #ActSwiftly campaign can be found here www.wildlifetrusts.org/actswiftly.
Photograph: Swifts arrive back to the UK in late April and early May. The swift is a bird that needs towns and the countryside to nest and feed in; it is emblematic of the need for wildlife-rich habitats in both environments. c. Stefan Johansson.