There are many ways that groups and organisations can make space for nature and help provide vital habitats for our plants and wildlife.
State of Nature
2016 report is now available! The
State of Nature Wales 2016 report is also
Wales has identified a list of most threatened species of
highest priority for biodiversity conservation. 575
species feature on the list of Welsh priority
species, and 249 (43%) of them were assessed. Over the
last decade 33% of these species have continued to
decline and 43% are
stable or have showed little change in their
status (i.e. they are still threatened with extinction). However,
the outlook for 24% has
improved in the last ten years, largely due to
either improved evidence and understanding or genuine recovery due
to conservation effort.
In 2013, the State of Nature report found that
60% of UK wildlife had declined in recent decades,
and that more than 1 in 10 species were in danger
of disappearing from our shores altogether. The
2015 Response for Nature - compiled
by the UK's leading conservation bodies - reports that 88%
of us feel that nature is essential not only for food,
medicine and fuel, but to our well-being and quality of life. Here
is a video of the Response for
Nature 2015 report.
Resources Wales - The State of Natural Resources
The State of Natural Resources Report (SoNaRR) is
the first report of its kind and the first statutory product coming
out of the Environment Act, makes a direct link between the
condition of our natural resources - our air, soil, water and the
biodiversity that underpins them - and the impacts on people's
health, economic prosperity and social wellbeing.
WWF Living Planet Report
The Living Planet Report documents the state of the planet -
including biodiversity, ecosystems, and demand on natural resources
- and what it means for humans and wildlife. Published by WWF every
two years, the report brings together a variety of research to
provide a comprehensive view of the health of the earth.
Populations of vertebrate animals - such as mammals, birds,
and fish - have declined by 58% between 1970 and 2012.
We're also experiencing the largest drop in freshwater
species: on average, there's been a whopping 81%
decline in that time period.
State of the World's Plants
A ground-breaking report highlighting the global
status of plants, was released on 10 May 2016 to coincide with the
first annual State of the World's Plants Symposium at the Royal
Botanic Garden. The State of the World's Plants report will
review the major issues affecting plant diversity and abundance and
provide baseline data on important indicator metrics that will
tell us how plants are faring and how this is changing over time.
The symposium aims to take stock of the world's plant
diversity, associated research and trends.
'Vision for Nature' report
Focus on Nature, an engaged group of young nature
conservationists, launches its Vision for
Nature report. The culmination of two years' work
gathering views from over 200 people, the report reveals what
the youth of today want to see in the natural world by 2050
and beyond, and some ideas for getting there. Calling for
Government to set out a 250-year (not just 25-year) vision for
nature, the report highlights 7 key recommendations for the next 7
Governments and how the youth of today are eager to work with
governments, businesses and NGOs to make their vision a
Gardens is a partnership initiative between
Horticultural Society and the Wildlife Trusts.
It offers a range of
wildlife-friendly activities that can last from 2
hours to a weekend. They include building bug hotels,
creating compost piles or nectar cafes as well as specific actions
to save 6 key priority Welsh species such as song thrush and
Horticultural Society estimates that during the past
century, nearly 70% of ponds have been lost from the UK
countryside. This means that garden ponds and water features of all
shapes and sizes have an increased importance for wildlife. The
Wildlife Trust has produced a 4-minute step by step
video guide of how to create a garden pond here and provides information sheets on planting and common
The National Beekeeping Centre
Wales provides advice on how your garden can provide
an oasis for pollinators throughout the year and information about
bees and bee-keeping. Further information, and links to courses,
events and 19 local Bee-keeping Associations, is provided by the
Wales Beekeeping Association.
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