Lapwing Vanellus vanellus, adult, male in breeding habitat pasture, Northumberland

England

The Government has made a commitment to produce a 25-year plan to restore nature.

The report

The Response for Nature: England report sets out what nature needs to be covered in this plan.

We believe the plan must:

  • Include an inspiring vision for the natural environment and a sustainable economy.
  • Set goals for nature and natural capital.
  • Defend and implement the laws which conserve nature.
  • Deliver an ecological network on land and at sea.
  • Safeguard and restore species.
  • Improve the connection of people to nature, to deliver benefits for health and well-being.
  • Provide smarter financial instruments for nature.
  • Develop greener institutions and embed nature across Government.
  • Set five-year milestones with accountability to parliament.
  • Support people working together for nature.

The launch

On Tuesday 13 October 2015, we launched the Response for Nature: England, to a room of key political decision makers, representatives from the nature conservation community, and young people. 

We were also lucky enough to be joined by naturalist and TV presenter Steve Backshall, who set out why nature matter, and why it is important for politicians and decision makers to take action. See Steve in action below, as well as our other fantastic speakers, Josie Hewitt and Martin Warren.

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Steve Backshall’s opening speech at Response for Nature 2015

Steve Backshall’s opening speech at Response for Nature 2015

Steve Backshall's opening speech at the launch of ‪#‎responsefornature‬ England in Westminster on 13 October 2015.

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Josie Hewitt speaking at the Response for Nature launch

Josie Hewitt at the Response for Nature launch in October, 2015.

Josie Hewitt at the Response for Nature launch in October, 2015.

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Martin Warren speaking at the Response for Nature launch

Martin Warren at the Response for Nature launch, October 2015

Martin Warren at the Response for Nature launch, October 2015.

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Martin Warren speaking at the response for nature launch

How you can help

While this report is aimed mainly at political decision makers, everyone can help nature.

Here are some ways you can take action.

Campaign

Many of the partner organisations have active campaigns to speak up for wildlife, and they need your help. Add your voice to the conversation.

Make your nature count

Many of the partner organisations are involved with monitoring wildlife. This is vital if we are to track the state of nature.

Support

If you are not a supporter of any of the partnership organisations, why not join one today? 

Volunteer

Most of the partner organisations need volunteers to assist their work. Roles vary from work you can do at home to practical work outdoors. 

Family volunteering event, RSPB Pulborough Brooks, West Sussex