Local MP attends RSPB ‘nature crisis’ event in Parliament

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09 Sep 2019
Wirral 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.

According 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. 

The 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.

It 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.

Margaret Greenwood MP said:

“It 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.

“It is quite shocking that over 40 million birds have been lost from the UK in just 50 years.

“Earlier 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.

“The 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.

“I would urge anyone in Wirral who would like to get involved to contact the RSPB either via their website or by writing to them.”

A spokesperson for the RSPB said:

“Only 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.

“Young 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.”

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