GWT are working towards at least 30% of our land and sea being connected and protected for nature’s recovery by 2030. We are raising funds to create new nature reserves in Gwent, giving wildlife the chance to recover and restoring beautiful wild places for future generations.
We live in a time of ecological and climate emergency. Wales’ wildlife continues to decline with the State of Nature 2019 Report revealing 1 in 6 species are at risk of extinction with 73 species already having disappeared. Healthy ecosystems, rich in biodiversity are vital for us all to live and thrive. However, our biodiversity is threatened by climate change and habitat reduction and degradation caused by inappropriate development, pollution and over-exploitation.
We have been protecting important sites for wildlife for 60 years, from Nature Reserves out across 'living landscapes' which connect habitats for wildlife. We will complete acquisition of three new Nature Reserves in Gwent, supporting habitats which include ancient woodland, upland heathland, coal-spoil and species-rich grasslands. As well as putting new land aside for nature we'll link-up existing, fragmented, wild areas to enable wildlife to spread and thrive.