Research has demonstrated that nature plays a vital role in improving physical and mental wellbeing and yet many people are disconnected from their natural surroundings and rarely spend time in nature.
In a speech to members in Winchester this Saturday, Debbie Tann, Chief Executive, will say: “There’s complacency here when it comes to the state of the natural environment. Although our county looks green and pleasant, our wildlife is in freefall. This is important – not just because of the incredible plants and animals that we are losing, but because we all depend on the natural world for our own survival and for the health of our society. We have to act now to tip the balance in favour of nature’s recovery.”
Over the past 50 years, 56% of species have declined across the UK, with 15% now at risk of disappearing altogether.