Campaign for a #WilderFuture with us
It's not too late to bring wildlife back
Kenneth Grahame wrote Wind in the Willows just over 100 years ago. Sadly since we first met Badger, Toad, Ratty and Mole, the UK has become one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world. The Wildlife Trusts re-imagined the classic story in 2019, shedding light on some of the problems our wildlife faces every day. We've reached a point where our natural world is in a critical condition and needs our help to put it into recovery.
However, it's not too late to bring our wildlife back, but we must act now. Campaigns like Get Dorset Buzzing show what can be done when we all work together. You can also join the national #WilderFuture campaign and find out more about what you can do to help wildlife.
Wind in the Willows 2019
Watch Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad as they begin their search for a #WilderFuture
Since we met our favourite characters in 1908, many of the UK's wild places, and the plants and animals that depended on them, have been lost. 97% of lowland meadows and the beautiful wildflowers, insects, mammals and birds that they supported have disappeared; 80% of our beautiful purple heath lands have vanished. Kenneth Grahame's Ratty - the water vole - is the UK's fastest declining mammal and has been lost from 94% of places they were once prevalent, and their range continues to shrink. Toad is also finding times are very tough; he has lost nearly 70% of his own kind in the last 30 years alone.
We can all make a practical difference. If you have a window sill or balcony you can put up bird feeders or plant pots of wildflowers. If you have a garden it is easy to dig a small pond or make holes in your fence for hedgehogs to wander through. It is not too difficult to take up paving slabs to let plants grow to feed our bees.
Together we can make the next chapter for wildlife a happier one. Join us to put nature into recovery.
A bit more about the Wilder Future campaign
The Wilder Future campaign is about advocating for political change, as well as asking people to make small 'personal' actions where they live to help wildlife. The idea is that these individual actions add up to something much bigger across the country. Click the arrow to find out more.
The Wildlife Trusts want to create a tipping point of 1 in 4 people taking action
We have therefore commissioned a film "Wild in the Willows: A Wild Story," which will be screened in cinemas to reach and inspire the public to take action.
Politically, the campaign is calling for the creation of Nature Recovery Networks to better protect and join-up important places for wildlife. In England, the campaign is calling for the Government's upcoming Environment Bill to include measures to drive the creation of these Nature Recovery Networks. Due to the devolved nature of environmental issues we are also campaigning for a separate Environmental Bill in Scotland, while in Wales, we are asking for a Sustainable Land Management Bill.