Local MP attends RSPB ‘nature crisis’ event in Parliament
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09 Sep 2019
West MP Margaret Greenwood has attended a parliamentary reception hosted by the
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) showcasing the charity’s work
to solve the nature crisis in the UK.
to the RSPB, over 40 million birds have vanished from UK skies in just 50
years, and the charity is currently working with partners across the UK to
protect and restore some of our most important habitats and species.
RSPB was founded in 1889 and works to promote conservation and protection of
birds and the wider environment through public awareness campaigns, petitions
and through the operation of around 200 nature reserves throughout the UK.
has more than 140 RSPB local groups around the UK (including one in Wirral),
with more than a million members, including 195,000 youth members, making it
the largest wildlife conservation charity in Europe. You can find out more
about the Wirral group or get involved via the website:
ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/wirral, or you can write to RSPB, Dee Estuary Nature
Reserve, Burton Mere Wetlands, Puddington Lane, Burton, Neston, CH64 5SF.
Greenwood MP said:
was a real pleasure to meet with Beccy Speight, Chief Executive of the RSPB,
and hear about the important work that the RSPB is doing to address the crisis
in our natural world.
is quite shocking that over 40 million birds have been lost from the UK in just
this year the UK Parliament was the first to declare a climate and
environmental emergency. Protecting birdlife has an important part to play in
our response to that.
natural world is immensely important to our wellbeing and quality of life. It’s
also crucial to the character of Wirral. The birdlife of the Dee Estuary is of
international significance and it is vital we protect it.
would urge anyone in Wirral who would like to get involved to contact the RSPB
either via their website or by writing to them.”
spokesperson for the RSPB said:
15% of the UK realise nature is in crisis, and worryingly over a quarter - 27%
- believe nature is in fact doing well. The UK is in immediate danger of
sleepwalking into a disaster, as our natural world and wildlife face a mounting
and immediate crisis.
people are also shockingly unaware of the crisis facing nature. One in three -
33% - said that they had no idea that the UK had lost over 40 million birds in
the last 50 years, but upon hearing this, over a third - 40% - said they want
to do something to save nature, showing hope for the future.”