We need to talk about nature
'In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand, there is the story of the earth.' - Rachel Carson
The Trust, along with other conservation organisations, has been working hard both scientifically and practically to reverse the damage that man’s activity has wreaked on nature over the last fifty years or so. Sixty per cent of species in Britain have declined in that time and we know the reasons why. Intensive farming methods, climate change, damaging planning decisions – the list is long. We already act to limit these but we are a long way from being able to shut the book.
It’s not all gloom and doom. Take the stunning peninsulas of the Lizard in Cornwall or Purbeck in Dorset. We are proud of our achievements there so far. The balancing act when it comes to enhancing access (so that more people can have more fun) and at the same time protecting these vulnerable habitats is a constantly tricky one, but we are getting there. We work with our tenant farmers to deliver great conservation practice. Cliff top grazing has returned, pesticides use is minimised, miles and miles of wildlife corridors have been created. The Cornish chough, long absent in the 20th century, has returned, and our rare wild flowers are thriving.