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Response for Nature

In 2013, scientists from 25 nature organisations, including Plantlife, worked side-by-side to compile a stock take of our native species – the first of its kind for the UK.

The resulting State of Nature report  revealed that 60% of the species studied had declined over recent decades. More than one in ten of all the species assessed were under threat of disappearing from our shores altogether.

But whilst State of Nature revealed where we are, we also need a plan where we should go. The Response for Nature documents starts us on that long road.

Taking action for nature

The Response for Nature reports outline specific asks for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to help save UK nature. To ensure its recovery, nature needs the UK Government, or devolved Government’s, to take the following common actions now:

  • Deliver an inspiring vision for nature – nature needs to be a part of our lives. Government must set a trajectory for nature’s recovery so that, by 2040, we have a country richer in nature and can see people connecting to nature.
  • Fully implement and defend the laws that conserve nature – our most important laws that safeguard species and special places, the Birds and Habitats Directives, are under threat. We must resist attempts from Europe to weaken our laws and ensure the full implementation of legislation that aims to reduce pressures on nature. 
  • Deliver a network of special places for nature on land and at sea – we need special places to be protected and well managed, and linked within a wider landscape with room for people and nature.
  • Recover threatened species targeted through programmes of action – we must halt species extinction, but more than that, we should be restoring priority species to favourable conservation status, where populations recover to a healthy state. 
  • Improve the connection of young people to nature for their health and well-being and for nature’s future 
  • Provide incentives (or other financial measures) that work for nature – we need to reward those who enhance our natural world, and make those responsible pay when we take more from it than we put back.
  • Support people working together for nature – we all have a part to play in saving nature. Each and every one of us needs to take care about, and take action for, nature – before it’s too late. 

26 organisations. One voice

The Response for Nature coalition for England includes the following partners:

  • A Focus on Nature
  • A Rocha UK
  • Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust
  • Bat Conservation Trust
  • Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland
  • British Bryological Society
  • British Pteridological Society
  • Buglife
  • Bumblebee Conservation Trust
  • Butterfly Conservation 
  • Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management
  • The Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Freshwater Habitats Trust
  • Friends of the Earth
  • The Fungus Conservation Trust
  • John Muir Trust
  • The Mammal Society
  • Marine Conservation Society
  • National Trust
  • People’s Trust for Endangered Species
  • Plantlife
  • RSPB
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation
  • The Wildlife Trusts
  • Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
  • The Woodland Trust

Download a report

Click any of the links below to download a PDF of a report.