30 by 30

Hedgehog in a garden

Hedgehog © Tom Marshall

Our natural world is in trouble

This is no secret. Wildlife is disappearing at an alarming rate - some are calling it the next mass extinction - and the threat of climate catastrophe is a constant worry. We live in a time of emergency.

There is still hope - we can tackle both of these critical issues - but we have to act now. Time is running out. 

What needs to happen?

The Wildlife Trusts are calling for at least 30% of our land and sea to be connected and protected for nature’s recovery by 2030. Making more space for nature to become abundant once again will give our struggling wildlife the chance to recover and also restore beautiful wild places - places that store carbon and help to tackle the climate crisis.

30% is the bare minimum that nature needs to start recovering but we are far short of this and need your help to turn things around...

The next ten years must be a time of renewal, of rewilding our lives, of green recovery. We all need nature more than ever and when we succeed in reaching 30 by 30 we’ll have wilder landscapes that store carbon and provide on-your-doorstep nature for people too. Everyone can support and help us to succeed.
Craig Bennett
Chief Executive, The Wildlife Trusts

We can do this together

By joining our mission for nature's recovery, you will make a real difference to wildlife and our natural world. Every pound donated will help us achieve our vision for a wilder future. Together we can restore huge peatlands, which store carbon and become a home for threatened birds like curlews and golden plovers. We will create new wetlands, which reduce the risk of towns and villages flooding and are also great for dragonflies and water voles. We will plant new underwater seagrass meadows to soak up carbon and shelter sea horses and other sea life.  

Nature has given us so much, it's now our turn to give back.  

Your support goes a long way

The Wildlife Trusts have big plans for nature's recovery. Here's just a sneak peek at some of our plans, which we hope to make a reality with your support...

Rewilding the Soar Valley

Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust want to continue their work in the Soar Valley, restoring the natural landscape so it prevents flooding and increases space for wildlife.

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Nature Close to Home

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust want to create more wild places close to where people live - increasing wellbeing and making space for nature.

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©Fergus Gill/2020VISION

Natural Trent Valley

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust are working with Local Authorities to create extensive wetlands, joined with rivers and canals, that will allow wildlife to move freely across the Trent Valley.

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Tim Stenton

Restoring peatland to lock-up carbon and help wildlife

Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s pioneering carbon farm at Winmarleigh is the first of its kind in the UK.

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Wild Peak

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust are working to restore natural processes and healthy ecosystems on an unprecedented scale. Wild Peak aims to bring back more wildlife and create a varied landscape which is better for nature.

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Priority given to land with low existing wildlife value

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust is changing the way nature reserves are acquired.  It will give highest priority to acquiring land with low existing wildlife value because the potential for biodiversity gain is greatest at such sites. 

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Katrina Martin / 2020VISION

A wilder Isle of Wight

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust are working to bring back lost species such as beavers, chough and cirl bunting.

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Cirl buntings by Steve Waterhouse

Rare chalk grassland

During the next five years Surrey Wildlife Trust will help nature recover in some of the most endangered areas in the county, including the North Downs, a stunning ridge of chalk hills which runs from Surrey to the White Cliffs of Dover.

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Lost fenland to be restored

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust aims to restore 50 hectares of the county’s lost peat-fenland at Bourne North Fen to become a home for a wide variety of wildlife, linking up important nature reserves.

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Shaping the future of Sherwood Forest

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is working with partners to enhance, restore, re-creating and re-connect wildlife habitats across Sherwood Forest landscape and to work with local communities to transforming this legendary landscape for wildlife and people.

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Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust's Rainworth Heath Nature Reserve © Electric Egg

Saving barn owls

It is estimated that there are few than 30 breeding pairs of barn owls left in Northern Ireland.  Ulster Wildlife is saving barn owls through targeted nest box installation, mapping populations, monitoring and ringing chicks, and advising landowners on managing land and protecting sites for barn owls.

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© Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography

A bigger and better Brecks

Since its earliest days, Norfolk Wildlife Trust has been protecting the Brecks and its wildlife. Today they have a remarkable opportunity to expand Thompson Common by reconnecting it to adjoining arable and woodland.

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