Wilder Kent

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It's not too late to bring our wildlife back

Sadly, since we first met Badger, Ratty and friends in 1908, the UK has become one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world. The Wildlife Trusts have re-imagined Wind in the Willows in 2019, shedding light on some of the problems our wildlife faces every day. We've reached a point where our natural world is in critical condition and needs our help to put it into recovery.

It's not too late to bring our wildlife back, but we must act now. Join the campaign and receive simple actions you can take for nature's recovery.

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Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad

Watch our favourite characters as they begin their search for a wilder future.

Kenneth Grahame wrote Wind in the Willows just over a hundred years ago. Since then, many of the UK's wild places and the plants and animals that depend on them have been lost. For example, 97% of lowland meadows and the beautiful wildflower insects, mammals and birds that they supported have disappeared; 80% of our beautiful purple heathlands have vanished.

Water vole

Kenneth Grahame's Ratty - the water vole - is the UK's most rapidly declining mammal and has been lost from 94% of places where they were once prevalent and their range is continuing to contract. Toad is also finding that times are very tough: he has lost nearly 70% of his own kind in the last 30 years alone - and much more than that in the last century.

Together we can make the next chapter for wildlife a happier one. Join us to put nature into recovery.

Help us create a Wilder Kent

We joined our friends at Sussex Wildlife Trust in celebration of the launch of the new Wilder Future campaign, talking about some of the key pressures on wildlife in our county and what we can do to turn the tide.

A bit more about the Wilder Future Campaign

The Wilder Future campaign is about advocating for political change as well as asking people to take small 'personal' actions where they live to help wildlife. The idea is that these individual actions add up to something much bigger across the country.

The Wildlife Trusts want to create a tipping point of 1 in 4 people taking action.

Wind in the Willows

We have therefore commissioned a film - 'Wind in the Willows: A Wild Story', which will be screened in cinemas from 28th March 2019, to reach and inspire the public to take action.

Politically, the campaign is calling for the creation of Nature Recovery Networks to better protect and join-up important places for wildlife. In England, the campaign is calling for the Government's upcoming Environment Bill to include measures to drive the creation fo these Nature Recovery Networks. Due to the devolved nature of the environmental issues, we are also campaigning for a separate Environment Bill in Scotland, while in Wales we are asking for a Sustainable Land Management Bill.