In a nutshell
The Species Champions Project partners Members of Parliament from England with wildlife organisations to bring political support to the protection and promotion of threatened wildlife. Each MP becomes a ‘Species Champion’, adopting their own species.
What do we want MPs to do?
We want MPs to raise awareness of the species they are championing and the causes of their decline, in Parliament and in their constituencies. MPs are encouraged to support the development of public policy and legislation that will help their species flourish.
Who is involved?
The project is run by a group of seven wildlife organisations: Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Bat Conservation Trust, Buglife, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Plantlife and the RSPB. Additional support is provided by the Angling Trust, the People’s Trust for Endangered Species, the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and Somerset Wildlife Trust.
Why are species important?
Species are the building blocks of biological diversity, on which the life support systems of the planet depend. Just as important, they endlessly fascinate and amaze us - our world becomes dull and meaningless when we lose the richness of wildlife.
What do we want to achieve?
Ultimately we want a world richer in nature, where species are valued and thriving, and where declines in their populations have not just been halted, but reversed. Members of Parliament have a vital role to play in this.
Part of a UK wide project
The wildlife organisations at the heart of the Species Champions Project:
Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust is a national wildlife charity dedicated to conserving our native frogs, toads and newts, snakes and lizards and the habitats on which they depend.
|Bat Conservation Trust are the leading NGO solely devoted to the conservation of bats and the landscapes on which they rely. Their vision is of a world rich in wildlife where bats and people thrive together.|
Buglife, established in 2002, has become the focus point for efforts to save bug species from extinction and to halt the declines in populations of all animals without backbones, from bees to earthworms and spiders to corals.
Buglife is active on the ground saving bugs and also works at a policy level to give them a better future; it is the only European organisation championing the conservation of all invertebrates.
Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) was established in 2006 to address the decline in the UK’s bumblebees. BBCT is the only UK charity dedicated entirely to supporting the conservation of bumblebees.
Our vision is to ensure that our communities and countryside will be rich in bumblebees and colourful wildflowers, supporting a diversity of wildlife and habitats for everyone to enjoy.
Butterfly Conservation is the UK charity dedicated to saving butterflies and moths. Butterflies and moths are key indicators of the health of our environment. They connect us to nature and contribute to our wellbeing.
Butterfly Conservation improves landscapes for butterflies and moths, creating a better environment for us all.
|Plantlife is the organisation that is speaking up for our wild flowers, plants and fungi. From the open spaces of our nature reserves to the corridors of government, we’re here to raise their profile, to celebrate their beauty, and to protect their future.”|
RSPB is the country’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home.
Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again.
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