A new survey from Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust – The Great Big Nature Survey – wants to know exactly what you think about the important issues affecting nature and wildlife. The biggest survey of its kind will also paint a clearer picture of the nation’s relationship with nature, help to shape how the Trust communicates on important issues and influence conversations with government on our natural world.
Ambitions also include finding out what people already do to help where they live and learning about how connected people feel with the natural world.
The UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world – currently:
- 53% of native plants have declined due to farming and climate change
- 41% of all wildlife has declined in abundance since 1970
- 26% of mammals, including hedgehogs and water voles, are at risk of extinction
The survey raises thought-provoking questions, for example:
- Why does nature matter to you, if it does at all?
- Who do you think should be tasked with looking after nature?
- What have you done recently to spend time in nature or to protect it?
It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and is open to everyone with all viewpoints equally welcome, valued and respected.
Emma Norrington, Development Director at Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust said: ‘I want to stress that this survey is for everyone – it is not just for our supporters and nature-lovers, we want all voices to be heard, all issues to be understood and all those who take part to feel empowered.’
One of The Wildlife Trusts’ most famous supporters, Sir David Attenborough said: ‘I’ve supported The Wildlife Trusts for the last fifty-five years. They’re at the heart of our national life, healing the natural world and bringing us closer to it, making wildlife accessible to those who have least.
‘The Wildlife Trusts combine local action, with national impact, as part of a global vision for nature’s recovery. They are bringing wildlife back and restoring the natural world we love so much. Please support them as much as you can.’
Please make your voice heard by taking The Great Big Nature Survey today at www.wildlifetrusts.org/great-big-nature-survey.
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