Northumberland Wildlife Trust is urging members of the public to help protect their local patch for wildlife this spring.
Mike Pratt, Northumberland Wildlife Trust Chief Executive, wants people to be inspired about the future of their own local patch so they value it, understand their relationship with it and act to protect it.
He said: “In this region we work with business, schools, community groups and other environmental organisations to manage land for wildlife. With natural habitats shrinking, gardens and gardeners have an ever increasing role to play in helping wildlife so please do your bit to protect your own little area.”
He said the weather is getting warmer, the nights are getting lighter, so why not do your bit for the wildlife in your local area? “One hour a week for each individual is all it takes to ensure that your neighbourhood will be a thriving haven for wildlife well into the future.”
One hundred years ago in July, Charles Rothschild, founder of the organisation that we know today as The Wildlife Trusts, scoured the UK countryside, supported by some of the country’s finest naturalists, looking for places worthy of protection.
His vision of protecting places for wildlife has shaped the development of the nature conservation movement as we know it throughout the UK.
The current network of protected sites includes 2,300 Wildlife Trust nature reserves, over 60 of which are in our area and managed by Northumberland Wildlife Trust; some of them are home to the rare butterflies, wildflowers, veteran trees and sparkling clear streams Rothschild and his colleagues surveyed and originally sought to protect.
These places are now the building blocks for restoring nature more widely in urban areas and across the wider countryside. For many of us they are our local patch and are places we become familiar with and where we can escape to and immerse ourselves in nature for a while.
As well as caring for wildlife on its own nature reserves, Northumberland Wildlife Trust works with landowners and farmers to create, restore and maintain wildlife habitats and its vision of A Living Landscape sees wildlife move freely through the countryside, through towns and cities.
By creating bigger, inter-connected networks of wildlife habitats to re-establish wildlife populations, we can help achieve nature’s recovery. And a resilient and healthy environment provides ecological security for people too, safeguarding the natural services we all depend on, like clean air, clean water and carbon storage.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust is passionate about wildlife and its work doesn’t stop at the shoreline. The wildlife charity also has a vision for Living Seas, where wildlife thrives from the depths of the North Sea to the coastal shallows. All across the North East, the Trust is inspiring people about marine life and carrying out vital research to help protect dolphins, seals, corals and a host of rare and fragile marine habitats.
To find out how you can get involved in helping to protect your local patch go to www.wildlifetrusts.org/yourlocaltrust and follow the links to Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s website.