Sadly, since we first met Badger, Ratty (a water vole) and friends in 1908, Wales alongside the rest of the UK has become one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world. 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. In Wales, one in 14 species is heading for extinction.
We have re-imagined Wind in the Willows in 2019 to shed some light on the problems facing our wildlife – watch our favourite characters as the search for a wilder future
Alarming statistics which highlight natures decline include:
95% decline in the number of basking shark in UK waters since 1950’s
66% decline in the number of barn owls since the 1930’s
90% decline in the number of common frogs since the 1980’s
70% decline in toads since the 1990’s
90% decline in the number of water voles since the 1990’s
Today’s picture is like this because our systems and laws that should be keeping nature healthy are failing – both for wildlife and people!
We need to put nature into recovery and we need to do it now.
Join our campaign for a Wilder Future and receive simple actions you can take for natures’ recovery.
A bit more about the Wildlife Future Campaign
The Wilder Future campaign is about advocating for political change as well as asking people to take 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.
The Wildlife Trusts want to create a tipping point of 1 in 4 people taking action.
We have therefore commissioned a film – ‘Wind & the Willows: A Wild Story’ which will be screened in cinemas from the 28th March 2019 to reach and inspire the public to take action.
Politically, the campaign is calling on the governments in Wales, and around the UK, to take action to restore nature.