Britain’s Nature Is In Crisis
Become An Organic Wildlife Warrior
British wildlife is in a real pickle. Or prickle. The hedgehog population alone has fallen from around 30m to probably less than 1m today. And it's partly down to industrial farming practises and loss of habitat.
Life’s not easy for some of our most loved species. Our bees and other pollinators have lost much of their natural habitat in the past 60 years, including 98% of wildflower meadows. 76% of UK butterfly species have declined in the past four decades and eight of our 25 bumblebee species are threatened, with two already extinct!
In the UK alone, around 31,000 tonnes of manufactured chemicals are used in farming each year to kill weeds, insects and other pests that attack crops and there is growing scientific evidence that certain harmful pesticides, especially neonicotinoid insecticides, play a key part in the declines in honeybees and other pollinators worldwide.
Because of the complete absence of manufactured herbicides and the severely restricted use of pesticides, organic farms are havens for wildlife and provide homes for bees, birds and butterflies. Organic farmers are helping to look after our wildlife by managing and maintaining habitats, which is a vital part of a successful organic farm.
This helps organic farms support up to 50% more wildlife – that’s more of our great British bees, birds and butterflies for us all to enjoy!
What can you do?
We're looking to get UK wildlife back on its tiny feet with our Wildlife Warrior campaign. For just £3.50 a month, become a Wildlife Warrior and support wildlife-friendly farming in the UK.
So what makes organic farms different?
Organic farmers work hard to maintain and look after areas such as banks, ponds and grassland, and habitat links, such as hedges and field margins.
Hedgerows, important for hedgehogs and other small mammals, tend to be bigger and more diverse on organic farms than on non-organic farms.
Organic farmers don’t cut their hedges between March and August to allow wildlife to thrive within them during the growing and breeding season.
Become a Wildlife Warrior today
Saving our wildlife
Neonicotinoid pesticides must be banned permanently. We need mass action to make that happen. I grew up on a farm with lots of different animals – sheep, horses, cattle, chickens, geese, and not to mention the wildlife, which is disappearing from our countryside. I am proud to be a life-long member of the Soil Association, because I believe that my donations really matter when it comes to getting wildlife back in the countryside.Heather Rainbow Member of the Soil Association