Vote for Nature

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Please join your local wildlife trust today

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Early bumblebee by Jon Hawkins/Surrey Hills PhotographyEarly bumblebee by Jon Hawkins/Surrey Hills Photography

Nature doesn’t have a vote, so the Wildlife Trust is speaking up for all local wildlife and the local environment. Will you help us speak up for nature in this General Election?

We’re fighting for nature, and we’re calling on future MPs to take their local environment and nature seriously.

The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) is writing to all our Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) to tell them about the state of nature in their constituencies. We believe that nature’s recovery starts here, where people and wildlife thrive together.

In the next few days and weeks you may read manifestos and meet candidates as they campaign on issues they feel are most important. If they are going to take nature seriously they need to know that you do, and why the local environment matters so much to you.

BBOWT is asking all the local candidates to tell us what they will do for nature and the environment in their constituency.

We will update this page and add new information so that you can read what the candidates have told us, and make your own judgement on what they will do for nature if they are elected.

We need our MPs to:

  • Secure the benefits of current environmental laws as the UK leaves the EU, and to pass an ambitious new Environment Act
  • Introduce new policies and investments that improve water and air quality through better land management
  • Secure the UK’s global climate industry

This is your opportunity to demand that nature and the environment is a priority for the next Government.

Review your candidates’ manifestos, leaflets and websites to see if nature, environment or wildlife feature, and be prepared to ask questions (see below).

If you meet your previous MP, ask them if they signed the Greener UK Pledge for the Environment earlier this year, calling on the Government to secure a healthy future for people and the environment. When you meet candidates ask them to set out their environmental credentials; we've prepared a few questions you might like to ask.

1. Recent reports show we are losing one species a month in the UK.
What will you do as an MP representing me to help reverse that decline? What will you do to ensure that protection for the environment is maintained after the UK leaves the EU?

2. A rich countryside promotes a healthy society.
How will you make sure we can all get access to wildlife-rich green spaces?

3. Greening our towns and cities is good for people and wildlife.
What will you do to ensure we can maintain green spaces, especially in new developments around our towns and cities?

4. As the UK leaves the EU, agricultural subsidies will change.
Will you fight to ensure that agricultural subsidies are paid to landowners who look after their land to benefit the public, ensuring that things such as wildlife protection and natural flood protection are promoted?

5. Two parliamentary committees have already said we need new legislation to protect the environment.
Will you campaign for a new Environment Act?

BBOWT has sent this letter by post or email to all our Prospective Parliamentary Candidates. We’ve told them about the state of nature in their constituencies, and asked them to tell us what they will do for nature if they are elected. We will post their responses on this website in due course.

Prospective MPs have told us what they will do for nature if they are elected. Click on the constituency name below to see a pdf with the responses that we have received so far. More will be added as we receive information.

Chesham & AmershamNewburyOxford EastReading EastWycombe;

Event in Oxford to put nature at the heart of the General Election

On Friday 26 May we are holding a gathering on Port Meadow to create a heart-shaped human chain to enable people to show their love for nature. Come and join in the fun!