Our wildlife is under threat from loss of habitat and human
induced changes to our climate.
Healthy ecosystems provide incremental benefits to humans and
society from providing natural defence against extreme weather,
increasing food production to improving wellbeing. Wildlife plays a
crucial role in protecting vulnerable ecosystems
through pollination and habitat management.
There are many ways that groups and organisations can make space
for nature and help provide vital habitats for our plants and
Check out our webpages and resources to get
- Invest in Nature - Resources
There are simple, cost-effective steps that you can
take to do your bit for nature which will also save money, improve
staff and volunteer morale, and contribute to healthier and vibrant
Recording the Natural World
Recording the wildlife, plants, and habitats that you
come across in your garden or out and about is a great way to help
protect the natural world.
- Gardening for Wildlife
From window boxes to log piles and meadow areas, all
habitats are important for wildlife. Whether you want to make the
most of what you already have, or want to create more habitats, we
can signpost you to the relevant information.
- Community Gardens
Community gardens and growing projects can deliver
- Woodlands and Forestry
Sustainable forest management recognises the
importance of linking the economic, environmental and social values
- Introduction Children to
'Contact with nature...is critical to the personal
development of our children.' Sir David Attenborough.
- Grazing is Amazing!
Careful and appropriate grazing can mean the
difference between wildlife thriving or disappearing
Everyone who lives in, works in or visits the Welsh
countryside can reduce the risk of spreading pests and diseases by
avoiding moving mud, plants or certain parts of plants such as
State of Nature 2016 and
State of Nature Wales 2016 reports identify the
risks and challenges facing our native wildlife.
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.
Natural Resources Wales -
The State of Natural Resources Report
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