25th September 2023

Restore Nature Now – a call to action on Thursday 28th September

We have become increasingly alarmed at some of the choices being made by our politicians. Climate change and the biodiversity crisis pose a threat to the sustainability of our economy as well as to our quality of life and well-being. In addition, the Retained EU Law Act now gives present and future governments the power to weaken or dilute the legislation that has helped protect some species, including bats, and the wider environment that we all depend on. It is important to let our elected politicians know that we care about our natural heritage and we value its protection which is of vital importance for present and future generations.

Many of you have recently taken part in the Nature 2030 campaign, and we would urge you to get as many people as possible to join in so that all political parties include pledges in their election manifestos to put a stop to nature’s decline. But there is more you can do which is why we were delighted that Chris Packham, our president, invited us to support the Restore Nature Now rally on Thursday 28th September. We see this as an opportunity to join with other organisations and individuals who wish to gather in a peaceful demonstration to send a simple message for Government and all politicians that they must Restore Nature Now!

We are asking supporters to join the rallies taking place in Bristol, London, Newcastle, Reading and York (further details here).

We have four specific bat related asks that we need politicians to hear:

1. Keep, improve and better implement legal protections for all bat species.

2. Deploy renewable energy in harmony with nature.

3. Ensure agricultural schemes are geared towards wildlife conservation.

4. Make wildlife crimes notifiable.

Please join us if you can and help make sure bat conservation is represented. If you can’t join one of the rallies, do please amplify the message by using #RestoreNatureNow on social media.