£25 million will be used to help the UK’s wildlife recover.
OTTERS, butterflies, and skylarks are among the species that will benefit from 35 initiatives announced Monday by the Wildlife Trusts.
Last year, as part of its 30 by 30 effort to safeguard a third of Britain’s land and sea for wildlife by 2030, the charity launched an appeal. As part of its crusade to reverse worrisome animal declines, it has already generated £25 million out of a target of £30 million. A new reserve on chalk downland in Surrey, an expansion of a reserve safeguarding a rare temperate Welsh woodland, and the restoration of wetlands in the Fens of Cambridgeshire are among the initiatives.
Skylarks, chalkhill blue butterflies, dormice, bats, and badgers will benefit from the package. The projects are in line with the Daily Express’s effort to give wildlife greater space.
According to the government, 26% of land and natural resources have already been protected. However, according to an independent analysis, it is only 3%.
Pewley Down Fields in Surrey, a chalk downland with butterflies, skylarks, and flowers including bee orchids, is one of the new projects. Pencnwc Mawr Wood, a temperate woodland that is rarer than tropical rainforest, will be expanded by the South and West Wales Trust.
Astonbury Wood near Stevenage, a sanctuary for bluebells, bats, and badgers, is being taken over by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. The Great Fen will be created by Cambridgeshire’s trust, which will restore peatland and wetlands that will help combat climate change by storing carbon while enhancing species.
“We are happy to have raised £25 million in the last year,” said Craig Bennett, chief executive of The Wildlife Trusts. However, some components of the government’s objective may jeopardize good work.
“It reduces habitat restrictions that preserve species, planning rules that safeguard the environment, and the Environment Agency’s authorities and resources needed to address river pollution.”
“We will construct or restore 500,000 hectares of extra wildlife-rich habitat,” stated a spokeswoman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, adding, “We will develop or restore 500,000 hectares of new wildlife-rich habitat.”