State of Surrey's Nature Appeal

Can you help us recover Surrey’s nature?

Following the - frankly worrying - results from the UK wide State of Nature 2016, we wanted a local picture of what was happening in Surrey. So, when Mike Waite, our Living Landscapes Manager produced the State of Surrey’s Nature report it made alarming reading.

Sadly, Surrey’s flora and fauna appears to be faring particularly badly and we have suffered a far higher rate of loss in species than the nation as a whole. In fact, this is 12% compared to the national 2%, a quite shocking statistic.
Add that to the fact that of a total of 404 priority species (of national conservation concern), almost 31% are already locally extinct in Surrey, while 37% are threatened and/or remain in worrying decline. This leaves just 32% considered ‘stable’ or ‘recovering’.

Although this is far from good news it can serve as a wake-up call for all of us.
We are determined to make Surrey a place for nature to recover and we’re asking for your support. Can you help us halt the decline by making a gift today?

We need to invest in reversing the poor management and neglect of many of Surrey’s beautiful woods which has caused the decline of many woodland species such as the threatened Wood white butterfly. One of our most threatened mammals, the Hazel dormouse, also needs properly managed woodlands to survive. Management techniques, such as coppicing, benefit the dormouse as well as other woodland species at risk including Nightingales. 

We need to restore mismanaged or long neglected hedgerows, which provide food and shelter for hedgehogs as well as formerly common farmland birds such as yellowhammers. Hedgerows can also be wildlife havens in urban areas providing vital links for all sorts of species to move about freely and keep populations healthy.

There is much to do but we know you care as much as we do about Surrey’s natural environment. Surrey has a number of pressures – developments, housing, roads – but its natural beauty has to be one of its most precious features, so please help us do all we can to recover Surrey’s nature.

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