If we are to reverse the ‘relentless’ wildlife declines we are witnessing, we need a fresh approach ('An alarmingly familiar picture': UK on course to miss most biodiversity targets, 16 October). Public sector spending on conservation is crucial but will never fulfil its potential without inspiring those who are already making a real change.
We have already seen the threat of local extinctions reversed by the hard work of those managing the landscape, such as lapwing in the Avon Valley. So far, 1348 land managers have signed a pledge calling for a more positive approach to conservation that empowers those who manage our countryside to make the right decisions.
We need all conservation organisations to get behind the unsung heroes working for wildlife across not just Britain’s farms, but our moors, rivers and wetlands. Without them, many species would suffer.
James Swyer, GWCT Head of Press & Publications Manager
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