There are only three days left for you to take action to protect Europe’s nature laws!

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Added by July 20, 2015

The EU Nature Directives and the species and habitats they protect are under threat.

Natura 2000 is a network of nature protection areas across the EU including over 800 sites in the UK such as the Cairngorms in Scotland, Meirionydd Oakwoods and Bat Sites in Wales, the Ouse Washes in England and Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland.  It is made up of Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs), designated under the Habitats Directive and Birds Directive; collectively known as the Nature Directives.

Many British species, including hen harrier, otter, natterjack toad, horseshoe bats and dormice, are also protected under the European legislation.

However, the laws and the species and habitats they protect are under threat. The European commission is currently conducting a ‘fitness check’ of the Nature Directives in order to assess if they are being effective.

Conservation organisations across the UK and Europe, including The Wildlife Trusts and RSPB are concerned that politicians might use this as an opportunity to weaken the protection for important habitats and species.

Act now to help protect Europe’s protected habitats and species!

As part of the ‘fitness check’ The European Commission is asking for the opinion of people across Europe through an online consultation process. To add your voice to the consultation visit the RSPB (RSPB: Defend Nature) or The Wildlife Trusts (The Wildlife Trusts: Defend Nature) websites and simply complete the online forms

Watch the RSPB video on why we need to defend nature!

 

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