State of Nature

Nationally, 60% of all recorded species have declined in the last 50 years (State of Nature report, 2013. The StateSpecies declines of Nature partnership). These national trends are being replicated locally.

The causes of these declines are many and complex; changing land management practices, climate change and pressure from unsustainable development. Simply put, the places where nature thrives are becoming too few, too small and too isolated.

We can turn this around

The Greater Thames Estuary and Marshes is one of the best and most important places in the country for nature. It is protected by national and international laws and is one of 12 government funded Nature Improvement Areas, an initiative which has already delivered results for nature. Smart development and major infrastructure projects, such as TE2100, can utilise and maximise this asset, helping build one of the best places in the country for people to live and work.

Golden Egret by Steve Mackay (c) - commended in the Big Picture photography competition
Golden Egret by Steve Mackay (c) – commended in the Big Picture photography competition