To: Michael Gove MP Environment Secretary

Protect Local Wildlife Sites in law

Protect Local Wildlife Sites in law

We petition the UK Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, to provide protection in law, and a means of funding for Local Wildlife Sites (LWS). We want him to grant them the same protection as Local Nature Reserves (LNR). There are 42,000 Local Wildlife Sites in England covering 5% of the land and only 1500 Local Nature Reserves. Thus LWS form a sizeable land area. We also wish now to include proposed LWS, because developers are blocking access to these sites so that they cannot be surveyed and registered. I hope that he will enforce obligatory regular maintenance which is suited to the habitat and enhance the biodiversity of wildlife of the particular LWS, rather than allowing the LWS to be built on first.
See https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/673203/25-year-environment-plan.pdf for the latest Government plan BUT the LWS are not included!
The area of England and Wales is approx 150,000 of which 5% is in LWS giving an area of 7,500 sq km. 1 sq km equals 100 hectares. Quindi, there is at least 500,000 ha in LWS, the area proposed by the Government for the Nature Recovery Network. IT IS ALREADY THERE in LWS!!
LWS have been forgotten yet again.

Why is this important?

LWS form vital links across the countryside to create a national network of habitats that provide refuges for our country’s diverse flora and fauna. They enable local children to learn about wildlife and habitats.

In contrast to LNRs, most of the Local Wildlife Sites are owned by private landlords or developers who allow the degradation of their land by not setting up any volunteer conservation schemes or funding. We want real protection for our LWS, not one that changes with housing policy. Protection of Local Wildlife Sites in law is vital for nature conservation. They have been selected by ecology experts for their value to nature. Therefore it is heart breaking to watch a LWS get so overgrown from neglect that rare wild flowers, birds and butterflies disappear from the site. LWSs are an important resource for children to learn about nature and for every one to get out in the fresh air and enjoy nature. They are local, providing humans with a link to the natural world. We do not want to lose them!

How it will be delivered

Michael Gove has proved to be a good environmentalist. Today (04/01/18) I heard that he was putting in better support for farmers who practice conservation of wildlife. I want to get Local Wildlife Sites on his radar. I want to present the petition in person but we need more signatures before I can do this.

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Reasons for signing

  • Supporting good friend who has high ethics and protects Mother Nature.
  • I have signed because these sites are not only fragile and easily destroyed but so important to conserve and protect.
  • As an ecological surveyor I have surveyed unprotected wildlife sites that are as good or even better than SSSIs using SSSI selection criteria. Others are ecologically and amenity valuable. Many SSSIs are being damaged, neglected and developed. The UK is becoming environmentally degraded and appointing ministers ignorant or unappreciative of nature can only make matters worse.

Updates

2018-02-05 09:46:59 +0000

Thank you Michael Gove for the UK Governments new plan for a greener environment. Will it be carried out? For 151 page doc see https://www.gov.uk/…/fi…/673203/25-year-environment-plan.pdf
and for continuous updates register at https://www.gov.uk/go…/publications/25-year-environment-plan
It is great to see an Environment Secretary really trying to improve the UK plans for nature. For too long nothing has been said. STAND UP for Nature!

Please look at the area of land in LWS on the map on page 9 of http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/.../LocalWildlifeSites%20...
The area of England and Wales is approx 150,000 of which 5% is in LWS giving an area of 7,500 sq km. ! sq km equals 100 hectares. Quindi, there is at least 500,000 ha in LWS, the area proposed by the Government for the Nature Recovery Network. IT IS ALREADY THERE in LWS!!

2017-12-03 10:50:58 +0000

500 signatures reached

2016-11-27 18:14:10 +0000

100 signatures reached

2016-10-31 16:51:19 +0000

50 signatures reached

2016-10-28 15:39:29 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-10-27 08:45:35 +0100

10 signatures reached