13th May 2015

Defend Nature! 100 voluntary organisations unite to defend nature

Take Action to protect Europe’s laws for nature

Across Europe, including here, vital laws protect our most precious wildlife and wild places. It’s not just wildlife that depend on them – we do too, for cleaner rivers, vital habitat for pollinating insects and natural places we can enjoy and spend time in. Without these laws our world would be a poorer place.

To take action and make your voice heard – please click here and fill in your details in the form at the bottom of the page.

Right now the European Commission (EC) is reviewing these laws – the ‘Nature Directives’ – and asking people to give their opinion on them. So it’s vital that as many of us as possible say that we feel strongly about this and don’t want to see these laws weakened.

Across Europe all countries share two main nature laws – the Habitats Directive, adopted in 1992 which protects a range of important habitats and species, and the Birds Directive, which aims to protect all European wild birds. There is also a network of protected wild places – called Natura2000 – stetching across Europe. In the UK more than 800 places are part of this network including the New Forest, Chesil Beach in Dorset, Isles of Scilly, the River Tweed, the South Pennine Moors, Ashdown Forest – home of Winnie the Pooh, the North Antrim Coast, Ben Nevis, the Cairngorms, the Brecon Beacons and the Severn Estuary. These special places need all the protection they can get.

How can you add your support?

The European Commission is asking for the opinion of people across Europe through an online consultation – so you can make your voice heard. The Wildlife Trusts are joining 100 other charities and environmental organisations across Europe to provide suggested responses to the consultation (which consists of 14 questions) in support of the Nature Directives. This is to help send a clear and consistent message to the European Commission that people feel strongly about this, wherever they live.

Go to to submit your opinion.


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