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The Wildlife Trusts

No matter where you are in the UK, your Wildlife Trust is protecting and standing up for wildlife and wild places in your area. Supported by 800,000 members, The Wildlife Trusts connect local people to nature on their doorsteps; look after hundreds of nature reserves for future generations; and inspire people to take action for wildlife.

The Wildlife Trusts care for 2,300 diverse and beautiful nature reserves, from remote woods and rivers to inner city nature parks, and most people live within a few miles of one of these special places. We run marine conservation projects around the coast and campaign for protection of our seas.

The Wildlife Trusts believe that everyone can make a positive difference to their local environment – whether schools, Councils, farmers, businesses or individuals – and that by working together we can achieve nature’s recovery on land and at sea, and bring people closer to wildlife.

Wildlife and farmland

Around three quarters of the UK is farmland. This means that our farms need to do more than just produce food: they need to support wildlife, too. Healthy habitats – from the soils that grow our crops to lush green hedges, trees and meadows brimming with bees and other pollinators – are essential to ensuring that our farming is sustainable.

The rise of modern industrial farming methods, particularly following World War II, has mirrored the decline of wildlife in our countryside, particularly species like farmland birds. More recently there have been concerns about the impact of modern pesticides on wild pollinator populations - vital natural services that we all rely upon.

We need to give wildlife the best possible helping hand to help it recover and we all have a part to play in this. The Wildlife Trusts want to support farmers and landowners in having a positive impact for wildlife on their land. It is essential if we are going to help nature recover. Working with farmers gives The Wildlife Trusts the opportunity to go way beyond their own nature reserves and work for nature across huge landscapes.

The Jordans Farm Partnership

Jordans farmers are working with nature in mind. With support from Wildlife Trust Farm Advisors, farmers are recreating habitats, like wildflower margins  and lush hedges, and connecting areas on their farms with the wider countryside. Oat fields can be lined with margins of wildflowers, which in turn link up to an ancient hedgerow or woodland. By joining up the wild spaces in the countryside with these green corridors, farmers are encouraging wildlife to move around and recolonise new spaces.

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