Leading charities call on candidates to step up for nature

Holnicote Ranger holding a sleeping dormouse

The National Trust is one of four leading environmental organisations calling for prospective general election candidates to help give wildlife a safer future and put the natural world at the forefront of their campaign.

Thriving wildlife, healthy seas, clean air, unpolluted water and access to wild places are fundamental to the well-being of the South West, its residents and businesses.

We’re asking all election candidates to tell voters how much nature means to them, and outline their commitments to protecting and restoring wildlife in the South West.  

We believe this election is crucial to how our shared ambitions for nature in the South West are delivered in the future. In our lifetime, nearly 56% of UK species have declined and 15% are at risk of extinction. However, with the right support and policies, this can be turned around and nature can thrive again in the South West.

The National Trust, RSPB, Devon Wildlife Trust and Dorset Wildlife Trust are asking candidates four open questions:

1. What will you do to ensure our wildlife is protected and restored after Brexit?

2. What will you do to ensure that wildlife thrives in our seas once more?

3. What will you do to ensure we have new farming policies that support nature’s recovery?

4. What will you do to make sure we move to a low carbon economy?

We’ve invited candidates to publish their responses on their websites and share using #GreenerSW. A copy of our open letter can be found here:

Dear General Election Candidates 2017 (PDF / 0.5MB) download

" The South West’s fantastic coast and countryside underpins our tourism economy and brings millions of people to the region each year. As we leave the EU, we need to restore and enhance our natural environment in a way that’s great for wildlife, great for people and great for the economy. We would like candidates to show how they will step up to this challenge, and stand up for nature in the South West."
- Mark Harold, Regional Director of the National Trust