Champions

Debbie Abrahams MP (Oldham East and Saddleworth)

Debbie is a Labour Party politician in the UK, and has been Member of Parliament for Oldham East and Saddleworth since 2011.  The constituency lies to the east of Greater Manchester, and reaches from central Oldham up in to the Pennines and Saddleworth Moor. Debbie’s constituency includes part of the Peak District National Park and the RSPB’s Dovestone reserve where dunlin, Debbie’s species, can be found in the breeding season.

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Harriett Baldwin MP (West Worcester)

Harriett is a Conservative party politician in the UK. She has been the Member of Parliament for West Worcestershire since 2010 and has agreed to champion the Violet click beetle. West Worcestershire is a large, rural and relatively sparsely populated constituency. Harriett is Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development.

“We are lucky to live in the most beautiful rural countryside and I have been briefed about a specific beetle which lives on Bredon Hill and which needs protecting.

“There are only three sites in the UK where the Violet Click Beetle is known to live so I was keen to sign up and do what I can to help this species.”

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Hilary Benn MP (Leeds Central)

Hilary has been the Labour Party Member of Parliament for Leeds Central since 1999 and is championing the water vole . The constituency contains the retail and commercial centre of the city as well as two universities. The River Aire runs through the centre of the constituency and recent improvements in water quality have allowed species such as water vole to return to parts of the river. Hilary was Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 2007 to 2010 and currently chairs the Committee on Exiting the European Union.

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Jake Berry MP (Rossendale and Darwen)

Jake is a Conservative Party politician in the UK. His is the Member of Parliament for Rossendale and Darwen in south east Lancashire and is championing the curlew.  The constituency is made up of a number of small towns, deep valleys and the West Pennine Moors. Jake is now Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department of Communities and Local Government.

“The Curlew is an iconic bird that can be seen on the hills surrounding Rossendale, Darwen and North Turton. I’m delighted to be able to support the RSPB with their work to protect this great British bird and campaign to protect its habitat amongst the West Pennine Moors.”

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Steve Brine MP (Winchester)

Steve is a Conservative Party politician in the UK. He is the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Winchester in Hampshire and is championing the striped lychnis moth. The constituency includes the cathedral city of Winchester together with surrounding towns and villages. Steve writes a monthly column for the Hampshire Chronicle newspaper, and his political interests include health, planning and development.

“I am thrilled to be working with Butterfly Conservation to raise the profile of this special moth and I’m hoping that by being a ‘Species Champion’ I can contribute to securing its future here in Hampshire.”

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James Cartlidge (South Suffolk)

James is a Conservative Party politician and has been Member of Parliament for the constituency of South Suffolk in the east of England since 2015.  This is a rural seat, stretching in a narrow horizontal strip along Suffolk`s border with Essex, through the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Most of the seat is traditional agriculture, sitting alongside remote commuter bases for those working in London and nearby towns. James is Parliamentary Private Secretary to Jeremy Hunt as Foreign Secretary.  James is championing the turtle dove.

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Jenny Chapman (Darlington)

Jenny has been the Labour party Member of Parliament for Darlington since 2010.  Her constituency is urban, based on the large market town of Darlington in north-east England. It contains the River Skerne, a tributary of the River Tees where her species, white-clawed crayfish, was formerly found. She is the Shadow Minister for Exiting the European Union.

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Therese Coffey MP (Suffolk Coastal)

Therese is a Conservative Party politician in the UK. She is the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Suffolk Coastal and is championing the bittern. Suffolk Coastal covers 74 miles of coastline, including Felixstowe, the biggest container port in the UK. Therese is Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

“As the RSPB’s Bittern Champion I want to raise the profile of this once near-extinct bird which was the star of BBC Springwatch in 2014. The Suffolk coast is a special place and it is our duty to protect the fantastic wildlife who share it with us.”

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Robert Courts MP (Witney)

Robert has been the Conservative Party Member of Parliament for the constituency of Witney in west Oxfordshire since 2016 and is championing the cuckoo. His constituency is largely rural, containing the Oxfordshire part of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and agriculture and tourism are important to its economy. Robert is a practising barrister and he serves on two Parliamentary Select Committees: the Transport Committee and the Justice Committee. In August 2019 Robert was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. He is an officer in the All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group and Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group.

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Tracey Crouch (Chatham and Aylesford)

Tracey is a Conservative Party politician in the UK, and has been Member of Parliament for the constituency of Chatham and Aylesford in south east Kent since 2010. Tracey’s constituency includes part of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where one can find wildflowers such as the common poppy – the species championed by Tracey. Tracey is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society.

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Jon Cruddas MP (Dagenham and Rainham)

Jon is a Labour Party politician in the UK. He is the Member of Parliament for Dagenham and Rainham in east London and is championing the European eel. The constituency is undergoing large scale redevelopment of brownfield industrial land along the banks of the river Thames, including the London Riverside Conservation Park. Jon is keen on fishing and is Treasurer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Angling.

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Thangam Debbonaire MP (Bristol West)

Thangam Debbonaire is a Labour party politician and Member of Parliament for Bristol West since 2015. Her constituency covers most of central and west Bristol and includes Bristol University and the University of the West of England. The world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, that spans the Avon Gorge and Bristol Zoo are in the constituency.  Thangam, who is championing the shrill carder bee, is an Opposition Whip in the House of Commons and is interested in the environment and climate change. She is working to promote the city’s environmental sustainability.

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David Drew MP (Stroud)

David Drew is a Labour party politician in the UK and Member of Parliament for the constituency of Stroud, a rural constituency in the west of England stretching from the Cotswolds to the River Severn. David, who is championing the large blue butterfly, was elected in June 2017 and had previously been the MP for this seat from 1997 until 2010. He is a Shadow Minister for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and has a particular interest in waste and recycling.

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Philip Dunne (Ludlow)

Philip is a Conservative Party politician in the UK. He is Member of Parliament for the constituency of Ludlow in south Shropshire. A combination of farmland and market towns, the constituency covers much of the southern half of the county and includes the Shropshire Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A farmer since 1987, Philip has previously spoken out about the need to protect the natural environment. Philip Dunne sits on the Environmental Audit Committee. The woods of the West Midlands are one of the remaining strongholds for the Wood white butterfly, the species championed by Philip.

“Working with Butterfly Conservation, I hope my role as Species Champion will raise the profile of this important rare species and help secure its future.”

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George Eustice MP (Camborne and Redruth)

George is the Conservative Member of Parliament for the constituency of Camborne and Redruth in the west of Cornwall and is championing the Silver-studded Blue butterfly.  The constituency stretches across the county from coast to coast and was the centre of the mining industry in the 19th century. Away from the large urban area centred on the towns of Camborne, Redruth and Hayle, the surrounding rural areas contain several protected sites for wildlife, particularly along the coast.  George is a Minister at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and prior to his government role was a member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee. His interests include farming, environment, Europe and regeneration.

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Mark Garnier (Wyre Forest)

Mark is a Conservative Party politician in the UK. He has been the Member of Parliament for the Worcestershire constituency of Wyre Forest since 2010, covering the towns of Kidderminster, Stourport and Bewdley, and various rural villages. The Forest of Wyre, located on the western side of the constituency, is one of the largest areas of semi-natural woodland in the UK and home to the rare Lesser-spotted woodpecker, the species championed by Mark. Mark is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade.

“I am delighted to champion the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, the smallest woodpecker in Europe.  Worryingly the Lesser Spotted has seen a 50% reduction in numbers over the last 25 years.  Representing a constituency with one of the ancient English woodlands, a natural habitat for the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, I look forward to learning about this bird and championing its plight.”

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John Glen MP (Salisbury)

John Glen is the Conservative Party Member of Parliament for Salisbury in Wiltshire since 2010. His is a large rural constituency that includes parts of the West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the northern tip of the New Forest National Park, and the southern part of Salisbury plain, including Stonehenge.  He is championing the pheasant’s-eye, a small arable plant found in his constituency. John is Economic Secretary to the Treasury and City Minister, having previously been the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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Rt Hon Robert Goodwill MP (Scarborough and Whitby)

Robert Goodwill has been the Conservative Party MP for Scarborough and Whitby in North Yorkshire since 2005 and was previously a Member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire and the Humber. He is championing the Lesser sandeel. His coastal constituency contains the two seaside towns of Scarborough and Whitby, which still retain some limited fishing activity, and their rural surroundings, where agriculture and tourism are the main economic activities.  Robert, whose family owns a 250 acre farm in North Yorkshire, lists his interests as agriculture, fisheries, environment and transport. He was appointed as a Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 5 March 2019 and is a member of the Environmental Audit Committee.

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Rt. Hon. Chris Grayling MP (Epsom and Ewell)

Chris Grayling has been the Conservative Member of Parliament for the constituency of Epsom and Ewell since 2001 and is championing the hedgehog.  The constituency is a commuter area to the south west of London and contains the Epsom Downs, an area of chalk uplands that is the site of the Epsom Downs racecourse. Since July 2016 Chris has been the Secretary of State for Transport.

“Surveys by hedgehog experts tell us that we have lost over a third of all our hedgehogs in the past decade. And they are still declining.  The reasons for their decline are complex, but I hope to be able to promote the conservation of this animal in Government and see hedgehog numbers back on the rise once again”.

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Rt. Hon. Matt Hancock MP (West Suffolk)

Matt Hancock has been the Conservative Party MP for West Suffolk since 2010 and was appointed Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in July 2018.  Matt, who champions the hazel dormouse, is interested in economics, education and horse racing and has previously held government posts in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The West Suffolk constituency is mainly rural, dominated by farming, and contains the towns of Haverhill and Newmarket as well as two major US Air Force bases at Lakenheath and Mildenhall.

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Helen Hayes (Dulwich & West Norwood)

Helen is a Labour Party politician in the UK. She is Member of Parliament for the constituency of Dulwich & West Norwood in south London. The constituency contains a number of woodlands and parks, providing an urban home to a diversity of wildlife including Helen’s species, the common pipistelle. Helen is a vice chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Housing and Planning, Treasurer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on London’s Planning and Built Environment and a vice chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Air Pollution.

“I’m very pleased to champion the Common pipistrelle. This species can be seen in the green spaces of my constituency of Dulwich and West Norwood as well as in lots of other urban and rural settings across the UK. Watching the aerial acrobatics of common pipistrelles as they hunt insects at night is a pleasure that everyone should have the opportunity to witness. I am delighted to add my voice to that of Bat Conservation Trust in order to speak up for these wonderful but sadly undervalued and misunderstood animals.”

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Peter Heaton-Jones MP (North Devon)

Peter is a Conservative Party politician in the UK. He was elected Member of Parliament for North Devon at the May 2015 General Election and is championing the greater horseshoe bat. The constituency covers a large area, stretching from the north Devon coast to the hills of Exmoor. Agriculture and tourism are important to the local economy. Peter is a former journalist. Peter is Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.

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Kevin Hollinrake MP (Thirsk and Malton)

Kevin is a Conservative Party politician in the UK. He is the Member of Parliament for Thirsk and Malton, a huge rural seat in north Yorkshire, and is championing the puffin. His constituency includes part of the North York Moors and a stretch of coastline; the economy is largely based on tourism and agriculture. Kevin has been appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP. Kevin is a vice chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Bees.

“This iconic seabird is very special and very precious, and it’s wonderful that we can see it here, on the East Yorkshire coast.  We should all be doing our utmost to protect it.  I’m delighted to help the cause – and I think taking on this role is really going to impress my eight year old daughter, which is an added bonus.”

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Tim Loughton MP (East Worthing and Shoreham)

Tim has been the Conservative Party Member of Parliament for the constituency of East Worthing and Shoreham since 1997, and is championing the yellowhammer. His constituency, which is a mixture of urban and rural areas, is located on the south coast of England and stretches from the coast into the chalk hills known as the South Downs. It includes part of the South Downs National Park and Sussex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In Parliament Tim sits on the Home Affairs Committee and his interests include the environment and housing.

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Caroline Lucas (Brighton Pavilion)

Caroline was elected as the UK’s first Green MP in 2010. She is Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion, situated on the south coast and stretching inland to the South Downs. Caroline is passionate about the importance of securing a healthy natural environment and has sat on the Environmental Audit Committee since her election in 2010.  Caroline is championing the county flower of Sussex, the round-headed rampion. Caroline is an officer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology for Sustainable Food and Farming, Vice Chair of the APPG on a Better Brexit for Young People and is chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Climate Change.

“I am very pleased to be the species champion for round-headed rampion.  This bright blue flower is also known as the ‘Pride of Sussex’ and can be found in great numbers at Castle Hill National Nature Reserve on the edge of Brighton. However, although it is more common on the South Downs than anywhere else in the UK, it is now only found at a few places in southern England because so much of the chalk grassland where it likes to grow has been lost to farming.”

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Scott Mann MP (North Cornwall)

Scott is a Conservative Party politician in the UK. He is the Member of Parliament for North Cornwall, on the Atlantic coast, and is championing the sea bass. The constituency contains popular holiday resorts, and tourism, fishing and farming are the main industries. Scott has spoken up for recreational sea anglers in Parliament.

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Sandy Martin MP (Ipswich)

Sandy has been the Labour Party Member of Parliament for Ipswich, the country town of Suffolk, since 2017. The constituency contains the town centre and docks and is a marginal seat that has changed hands many times over the years. South-east Suffolk is a hot spot for stag beetles and they can be found across the town in its parks and gardens. Sandy is Shadow Minister for Waste and Recycling and sits on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee.

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Rachael Maskell MP (York Central)

Rachael is a Labour Party politician in the UK. She is the Member of Parliament for the urban constituency of York Central and is championing the tansy beetle. The constituency takes in most of the heart of the historic northern city. Rachael was formerly Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and is now shadow Minister for Rail in the Department of Transport and is an officer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Climate Change.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to join the Species Champions initiative and adopt the Tansy beetle.  This beautiful beetle has been described as the Jewel of York, and is a special species for many in our local community.”

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Kerry McCarthy MP (Bristol East)

Kerry is a Labour Party politician in the UK. She is the Member of Parliament for the urban constituency of Bristol East and is championing the swift. The constituency is home to some of Bristol’s best green spaces.  She was the first vegan MP in the House of Commons and is a patron of the Vegan Society. Kerry is a member of the Environmental Audit Committee and the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee and chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology for Sustainable Food and Farming.

“I’ve been asked by the RSPB to “champion” the swift as part of an effort to raise awareness and protect this remarkable migrant bird that nests almost exclusively in buildings, particularly in urban areas.  Sadly the number of swifts has declined by more than 45% over the last forty years and they have been placed on the amber list. One of the problems they face is a lack of suitable nesting opportunities.”

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Alison McGovern (Wirral South)

Alison is a Labour Party politician in the UK. She is Member of Parliament for the constituency of Wirral South in Merseyside – one of four constituencies covering the Wirral peninsula – made up of countryside and farmland as well as residential areas. Alison is a strong supporter of the New Ferry Butterfly Park, an urban nature reserve managed by the Cheshire Wildlife Trust, which is located within her constituency and is home to Alison’s species, the small copper butterfly.

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Huw Merriman MP (Bexhill and Battle)

Huw is a Conservative Party politician in the UK. He is the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Bexhill and Battle; a semi-rural part of East Sussex located on the south coast between Eastbourne and Hastings, and reaching north to the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. He is chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Bees, which campaigns to raise awareness of the risks to pollinators, and he is championing the Long-horned bee. Huw has been appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

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Damien Moore (Southport)

Damien Moore is the Conservative Member of Parliament for the constituency of Southport since June 2017 and is championing the Natterjack Toad.  Southport is on the northwest coast of England and is an important tourist destination.  The area is well known for its beaches and it hosts the largest area of wild dunes left in Britain. These include the Ainsdale Sand Dunes National Nature Reserve, which is a stronghold for the Natterjack toad. Damien sits on the House of Commons Petitions Committee.

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Layla Moran (Oxford West and Abingdon)

Layla is a Liberal Democrat politician in the UK. She has been Member of Parliament for the constituency of Oxford West and Abingdon since June 2017 and champions the skylark.  The constituency covers the west and north of the city of Oxford, the town of Abingdon and surrounding rural areas. In Parliament Layla is Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson and she sits on the Public Affairs Select Committee.

Layla is championing the Skylark.

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Rt. Hon. Caroline Nokes MP (Romsey and Southampton North)

Caroline is a Conservative Party politician in the UK. She has been the Member of Parliament for the Hampshire constituency of Romsey and Southampton North since 2010. Caroline has a keen interest in environmental issues. She is championing the Duke of Burgundy butterfly. Caroline is Minister of State at the Home Office.

“I’m thrilled to be working with Butterfly Conservation to raise the profile of this rare butterfly and I’m hoping that by being a ‘Species Champion’ I can contribute to securing its future in Hampshire.”

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Mathew Offord MP (Hendon)

Mathew Offord has been the Conservative Party Member of Parliament for the suburban constituency of Hendon in north London since 2010. The constituency contains part of Brent Reservoir (commonly known as the Welsh Harp), a large area of open water designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its breeding waterbirds. A former political analyst for the BBC, Matthew is a keen sailor and scuba diver and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.  He is championiong the Sandwich tern. He is a member of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee.

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Neil Parish MP (Tiverton and Honiton)

Neil is a Conservative Party politician in the UK. He is the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Tiverton and Honiton in mid and east Devon and is championing the marsh fritillary butterfly.  Before entering politics Neil was a farmer and one of his aims as an MP is to be a strong voice for the countryside. He is Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee.

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Jess Phillips MP (Birmingham Yardley)

Jess is a Labour Party politician in the UK winning her seat in 2015. She is the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Birmingham Yardley, situated in the south-east of the city, and is championing the dunnock.

“I’m delighted to help the RSPB highlight the problems our dunnocks face, both here and around the country. Wildlife needs our help now more than ever. It’s a good time to remember that we can give nature a home in our towns, cities and villages, too.”

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Rebecca Pow MP (Taunton Deane)

Rebecca is a Conservative Party politician in the UK. She is the Member of Parliament for Taunton Deane in Somerset and is championing the snipe. The largely rural constituency contains the market towns of Taunton and Wellington, plus surrounding Somerset villages. Rebecca is chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ancient Woodland and Veteran Trees and an officer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Climate Change. She launched and champions the Sustainable Soils Alliance and is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for arts, heritage and tourism at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

“As a passionate environmentalist and former gardening and wildlife journalist I am thrilled to be working alongside the RSPB to champion the Snipe. This fascinating bird, with its instantly recognisable long beak, has seen declines over around 61% between 1982 and 2002 due to changes in land use and drainage practices shrinking its natural wetlands habitat. We must be sure to maintain water levels and the all-important ‘muddy edge’ features to support these birds and their young otherwise this special species will disappear altogether.”

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Victoria Prentis (Banbury/North Oxfordshire)

Victoria is a Conservative Party politician and since 2015 has been the Member of Parliament for Banbury (North Oxfordshire), a rural constituency with two main population centres: Banbury and Bicester.   Victoria, who champions the corn bunting, comes from a farming family and is qualified as a barrister. In Parliament she sits on the Justice Select Committee and is Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Leader of the House of Commons.

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Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield)

Barry is a Labour Party politician in the UK. He has been Member of Parliament for the urban constituency of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire since the seat was first established in 1983. In  2015 Barry launched ‘Greenstreams’ – a project dedicated to improving rivers in the Huddersfield area for the benefit of both people and wildlife.

Barry is championing the Noctule bat.

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Angela Smith MP (Penistone and Stocksbridge)

Angela is the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for the semi-rural south Yorkshire constituency of Penistone and Stocksbridge and is championing the hen harrier. On its western side the constituency contains some of the Peak District National Park while the eastern part is where the majority of the population live. Angela is a member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, co chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Water and is a vice chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Environment Group and deputy chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Game and Wildlife Conservation.

“I’m delighted to have been chosen by the RSPB to be a species champion and I’m even more delighted that it’s the Hen Harrier, a great symbol of the British countryside. It is also a bird that I hope and pray one day I will once again soaring in my constituency.”

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Gary Streeter MP (South West Devon)

Gary is a Conservative Party politician in the UK. He is a long time Member of Parliament for the constituency of South West Devon and is championing the horrid ground weaver spider. His constituency is a mixture of urban and rural, and includes a stretch of the coast line of Devon. Gary writes a weekly article which appears in the Plympton Plymstock and Ivybridge News in South West Devon.

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Rt. Hon. Sir Desmond Swayne MP (New Forest West)

Desmond is the Conservative MP for New Forest West in Hampshire, is championing the smooth snake, which has a stronghold in the New Forest. The constituency, which he has held since 1997, is located in the south of England and skirts along the western edge of the New Forest and includes several market towns, a port and a stretch of coastline.

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Derek Thomas MP (St Ives and the Isles of Scilly)

Derek is a Conservative Party politician in the UK. He is the Member of Parliament for the Cornish constituency of St Ives and the Isles of Scilly, at the south western tip of England, and is championing the Manx shearwater. The economy in his constituency used to be based on tin mining and fishing but is now more tourism orientated. Derek is a member of the Health and Social Care Committee.

“I am extremely honoured to have been asked to be the champion of the Manx Shearwater. Having personally been to see where the birds’ breed on the Isles of Scilly (one of just a few locations in the UK) and watched the impressive work done to ensure their conservation and protection from ground predators, I am looking forward to working with the RSPB in safeguarding the existence of this special seabird.”

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Kelly Tolhurst MP (Rochester and Strood)

Kelly is a Conservative Party politician in the UK. She is the Member of Parliament for Rochester and Strood, a largely industrial seat in north Kent situated alongside the River Medway, and is championing the nightingale.  Before entering politics Kelly was a marine surveyor with her own business. Kelly is now Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP.

“Recently I had the pleasure and honour of becoming the RSPB’s Nightingale Species Champion, given the importance of our local habitat to their existence and which is sadly under threat. In late 2015, the species was listed on the UK Red List meaning now more than ever greater protection is needed.”

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Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP (Berwick upon Tweed)

Anne-Marie has been the Conservative Party Member of Parliament for the constituency of Berwick upon Tweed in the north east of England since 2015. Her constituency, the second largest in England, is mainly rural with a long coastline and several market towns. It contains the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve and part of the Northumberland National Park, while the entire coastline is protected for its contribution towards nationally and internationally important coastal and marine ecosystems. Anne-Marie is Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence, a member of the Public Accounts Committee and the vice chair of the APPG on Forestry.

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Anna Turley MP (Redcar)

Anna is a Labour Party politician in the UK. She is Member of Parliament for the coastal constituency of Redcar in north-east England.  The constituency spans a variety of landscapes, from the industrial hub of Wilton International and Teesport to the rugged coastline of Redcar and Marske-by-the-Sea. In Parliament Anna is involved with the Select Committee for Business, Environment & Industrial Strategy. Anna champions the little tern, a species which in 2015 bred in the constituency for the first time in 10 years.

“I am thrilled to be working with the RSPB to raise the profile of the delightful, chattering little tern. I am hoping that by being a ‘Species Champion’ I can contribute to securing its future here in Redcar, and enhance the Special Protection Area we have in place on Teesside.”

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Charles Walker MP (Broxbourne)

Charles is a Conservative Party politician in the UK. He is the Member of Parliament for Broxbourne, the predominantly urban seat in south east Hertfordshire, and is championing the Atlantic salmon.  Charles is a keen angler and enjoys fishing for chub and barbel on the River Lee.  He is the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Angling.

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Matt Warman MP (Boston and Skegness)

Matt is a Conservative Party politician in the UK. He is the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Boston and Skegness, situated on the east coast of Lincolnshire, and is championing the redshank. His constituency is largely dependent on tourism and agriculture with a small manufacturing base.  Matt writes an occasional column for the Boston Standard newspaper. Matt has been appointed as Assistant Government Whip.

“The redshank is a beautiful bird and I am delighted to be its champion in Westminster. With so many species in decline across the UK it is fantastic that MPs are coming together to stand up for wildlife in this way. I look forward to working with the RSPB in the future as the scheme progresses to see what more I can do to help nature in my constituency, such as at Frampton Marsh.”

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Bill Wiggin MP (North Herefordshire)

Bill is a Conservative Party politician in the UK. He is the Member of Parliament for the constituency of North Herefordshire and is championing the spreading bellflower. His constituency is one of market towns and countryside and the main industries are farming and tourism.

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Rt. Hon. Gavin Williamson MP (South Staffordshire)

Gavin is a Conservative Party politician in the UK. He is the Member of Parliament for South Staffordshire, a largely rural seat on the western flank of the West Midlands conurbation, and is championing the barn owl. Gavin is the Government Chief Whip in the House of Commons.

“The barn owl is such a beautiful, iconic species. I am delighted to become its champion in Westminster and to work with the RSPB to find really practical ways we can protect our diverse UK wildlife for future generations. It’s wonderful to see so many MPs getting behind the species champions project.”

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Sarah Wollaston MP (Totnes)

Sarah is the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for the coastal constituency of Totnes in south Devon and is championing the cirl bunting. Geographically, hers is one of the largest English constituencies and it includes part of the Dartmoor National Park.

“I’m delighted to support the cirl bunting and to campaign for wildlife-friendly farming. Balancing the demand for greater food production whilst preserving the environment is one of the greatest challenges we face in modern times. The recovery of the cirl bunting however, especially here in my constituency, shows just what is possible if we work together. I very much look forward to promoting this success to my constituents and my colleagues at Westminster.”

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Daniel Zeichner MP (Cambridge)

Daniel is a Labour Party politician in the UK. He is the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Cambridge and is championing the ruderal bumblebee.  Daniel is a keen environmentalist and is an executive member of Labour’s national environmental campaigning group, SERA, making the case for a shift to a greener tax policy. Daniel is a vice chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Climate Change.

“Where would we be without bees? As far as important species go, they are top of the list. I am passionate about protecting our precious pollinator species from decline as they are facing threats from loss of habitat and the Government’s opposition to the European ban on neonicotinoids.”

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