Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust tackles climate emergency

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If the decline in Gloucestershire’s wildlife cannot begin to reverse by 2030, the continued losses and extinction of species will be irreversible, a conservation charity has warned.

The next eight years will be pivotal according to the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT), which has launched a new strategy to deal with ecological and climate emergencies in the county.

Roger Mortlock, CEO of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, said: “Gloucestershire is a beautiful place, and you can feel like you’re surrounded by wildlife.

“Yet the truth is that the UK is one of the most nature poor countries and in Gloucestershire alone we have already lost 70% of traditional orchards and only 3% of wildflower rich meadows remain. .

“Time is running out, so at GWT we need to up our game to reverse the decline of wildlife. Alongside the existing threats to our wildlife, climate change appears to be one of the biggest threats to nature in the years to come. – this is what underpins our plans for 2030.

“We are determined to be bolder, think bigger and continue to work with others for the restoration of nature. We must think well beyond our nature reserves and work closely with local partners, farmers and our supporters.”

The new plan focuses on three goals: halting and reversing wildlife decline, providing natural solutions to climate change, and encouraging more people to take action for nature.

Plans include increasing the amount of land managed for wildlife in the county from 13% to 30% and creating a 60-mile-long woodland corridor and 300 hectares of new wetlands.

In total, the trust wants to increase the land it manages from 1,000 to 1,700 hectares and create 10 nature recovery areas in the county, based around but also expanding groups of GWT nature reserves.

The plans to 2030 have been created in consultation with GWT’s 28,000 members over the past year and are informed by a new Nature Recovery Network – a detailed map of the county, run by the Trust, which shows how wildlife decline can be reversed.

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