And please don’t take seriously¬†anything said on the websites of SongBird Survival, Ian Botham’s shooting industry funded You Forgot The Birds, or by Robin Page ! ¬† They know next to nothing about scientific ecology.
The Linnean Society of London, the world’s leading society for natural history and taxonomic research, named after Carolus Linnaeus, the Swedish naturalist who gave us the binomial system of nomenclature (genus followed by species).
The British Trust for Ornithology is an independent charitable research institute combining professional and citizen science aimed at using evidence of change in wildlife populations, particularly birds, to inform the public, opinion-formers and environmental policy- and decision-makers. Its impartiality enables the data and information to be used both by Government and NGO campaigners, and its long-term monitoring data on the status of UK birds sets the standard worldwide for understanding the effects of environmental change on wildlife. Over 40,000 volunteer birdwatchers, in partnership with professional research scientists, collect high quality monitoring data on birds and other wildlife. The combination of professional ecologists, long-term datasets some in excess of 50 years, and volunteers participating all over the country gives the BTO a unique, impartial and knowledgeable voice in nature conservation.
I support the International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF), one of the world’s leading otter charities. In the UK the IOSF is the only charity solely dedicated to the conservation, protection and care of otters, based on 20 years of scientific research in the UK and around the world.
Sir David Attenborough is Britain’s best-known natural history film-maker. His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly five decades and there are very few places on the globe that he has not visited. Over the last 25 years he has established himself as the world’s leading natural history programme maker with many landmark BBC series.
Naomi Klein, an award winning journalist, columnist in the New York Times, and writer of several books, the latest being This Changes Everything: Captalism vs the Climate (2014), an essential read for those believing our current economic system is deeply flawed, providing an achievable plan of action to lift the world out of its current pitiable state and lead us towards a sustainable future. I cannot recommend her and her writing more highly; she is truly a woman for our age.
2020VISION is the most ambitious nature photography project ever staged in the UK. It aims to engage and enthuse a massive audience by using innovative visual media to convey the value of restoring our most important but often fragmented natural habitats ‚Äď to show that healthy ecosystems are not just for wildlife, but are something fundamental to us all. The team of professional photographers are: Peter Cairns, Mark Hamblin, Niall Benvie, John Beatty, Joe Cornish, Guy Edwardes, Fergus Gill, Lorne Gill, Chris Gomershall, Danny Green, Ben Hall, Paul Harris, Ross Hoddinott, Rob Jordan, Alex Mustard, Andy Parkinson, Linda Pitkin, Andy Rouse, David Tipling, and Terry Whittaker.
Chris Packham, a widely recognised and experienced naturalist, conservationist, and cameraman, currently best known as part of the Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch team, which include Martin Hughes-Games, Michaela Strachan, Nick Baker, Simon King, Gordon Buchanan, Charlie Hamilton James, Richard Taylor-Jones, Iolo Williams and Bill Oddie, amongst others.
Simon King has created, filmed, directed and presented many award winning TV programmes and films, some of the best known being Springwatch, Big Cat Diary, Planet Earth, Blue Planet and the Life series. He is closely involved with a variety of wildlife charities including being the current president of The Wildlife Trusts. He is also an accomplished public speaker, author, artist and musician, and cook.
Charlie Hamilton James, whose aim as a photojournalist and presenter is to expose the brilliance of nature to the world. He is constantly staggered and inspired by nature both in its design and its beauty; it’s led to a life long obsession to understand, document and save it.
Richard Taylor-Jones loves writing, presenting and filming his own work, and is at heart a film maker and photographer. This sees him work as a regular contributor to Springwatch with his ‚ÄúCinematic Landscape‚ÄĚ films that concentrate on unravelling the beauty in some of Britain‚Äôs most iconic landscapes.
Iolo Williams is a former RSPB officer whose role as Species Officer for Wales entailed monitoring rare birds such as red kites, black grouse and chough, advising key landowners such as the Forestry Commission and National Trust, and investigating crimes against wild birds. He has been a TV wildlife presenter since 1998, and is passionate¬† about wildlife and its conservation.
Edward Michael “Bear” Grylls is a British adventurer, writer and television presenter. He is widely known for his television series Man vs. Wild (2006‚Äď2011), originally titled Born Survivor: Bear Grylls in the United Kingdom. He is also involved in a number of wilderness survival television series in the UK and US. In July 2009, he was appointed the youngest ever Chief Scout in the UK at age 35.
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“Nature Needs Half applies to the waters of the world as well as the land, from the tops of mountains to the greatest depths of the sea. More than half of the world is ocean, the blue heart of the planet. You decide: How much of your heart do you need to stay alive?” Sylvia Earle, 2011.
Rewilding Britain is a charity set up by people with a passion for nature, who believe that rewilding provides hope for the future for people and nature. Through rewilding we can start to reverse centuries of ecological damage. We can re-establish natural processes, reconnect with nature and regain wonder for the natural world. We want to inspire, inform and build a wider movement for rewilding. We seek to collaborate with and support local groups and other organisations, some of whom are already working to rewild land and sea.
Rewilding Europe wants to make Europe a wilder place, with much more space for wildlife, wilderness and natural processes. Bringing back the variety of life for us all to enjoy and exploring new ways for people to earn a fair living from the wild.
Tusk, whose patron is HRH The Duke of Cambridge, is a small, dynamic organisation with over twenty years of experience initiating and funding conservation, community development and environmental education programmes across Africa. Conservation of wildlife remains a key objective with substantial funding being applied towards the protection of threatened species such as elephant, rhino, cheetah, chimpanzee, mountain and lowland gorilla, African wild dog, giant sable and even marine species such as turtles.
The Mammal Society is a UK charity advocating science-led mammal conservation, leading efforts to collect and share information on mammals, encourage research to learn more about their ecology and distribution, and contribute meaningfully to efforts to conserve them.
Mark Avery worked for the RSPB for twenty-five years, is a scientist by training and a naturalist by inclination.¬† He writes about and comments on environmental issues. His blog is well worth following.
Founded by Sir Peter Scott in 1946, the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is one of the world‚Äôs largest and most respected wetland conservation organisations working globally to safeguard and improve wetlands for wildlife and people.
The British Entomological and Natural History Society works to promote and advance research in entomology with an increasing emphasis now being placed on the conservation of the fauna and flora of the United Kingdom and the protection of wildlife throughout the world.
Flora locale was established in 1998 as an independent charity.¬† Their aim is to promote and advance the conservation and enhancement of native wild plant populations and plant communities in relation to creative conservation and ecological restoration.
The British Bryological Society exists to promote a wider interest in all aspects of bryology, and with its combined expertise and experience is able to offer specialized advice and balanced judgement on matters of public concern affecting mosses and liverworts.
The Woodland Trust aims to create new native woodland with the help of communities, schools, organisations and individuals, and tries to protect the UK’s precious ancient woods, restore the ones that are damaged, and fight for those under threat.
RIGHT-tourism: responsible, informed, guilt-free and humane tourism. Their ethos is all about making sure that we don‚Äôt leave permanent footprints on our travels, and that no one should unwittingly encourage cruelty towards animals when they travel.
Forty-seven English counties are covered by the Wildlife Trusts, including Scotland and Northern Ireland which have their own national wildlife trusts, working to help nature to recover from the decline that for decades has been the staple diet of scientific studies and news stories. The Wildlife Trusts believe passionately that wildlife and natural processes need to have space to thrive beyond designated nature reserves and other protected sites.
Winner of Best of the Best in the Museums and Heritage Awards 2013, the Natural History Museum London is a world-class visitor attraction and a leading science research centre.¬†Through its collections and scientific expertise, the museum is helping to conserve the extraordinary richness and diversity of the natural world with groundbreaking projects in more than 68 countries.
Animal Aid is the UK’s largest animal rights group and one of the longest established in the world, having been founded in 1977. It campaigns peacefully against all forms of animal abuse and promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle. It investigates and exposes animal cruelty, and its undercover investigations and other evidence are often used by the media, bringing these issues to public attention.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has been looking out for animals since 1824. Its vision is to work for a world in which all humans respect and live in harmony with all other members of the animal kingdom.
The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is Scotland’s animal welfare charity, encouraging kindness to animals, aiming to prevent cruelty through education, investigating abuse, rescuing animals in distress and find animals new homes.
Birders Against Wildlife Crime (BAWC) is an independent, volunteer-led, campaign group set up in 2014 by a group of experienced birders and conservationists who just like you are sick of the number of crimes being committed against wildlife. Their aim is to fight back, by making the processes of recognising, recording, and reporting wildlife crime as easy as possible (an initiative they term ‚Äėthe Three Rs‚Äô), putting ‚Äėeyes in the field,’ and highlighting how much wildlife crime takes place and what ‚Äėthe public‚Äô really think about it.
The Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland (APRS), formed in 1926, works to protect Scotland’s world renowned landscape and the amenity of the countryside. It is Scotland’s longest established independent environmental organisation.
The Soil Association is the UK’s leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use. They promote organic farming as a way of lessening our impact on the environment and wildlife.
The British Association of Nature Conservationists is an independent organisation which takes a critical look at the world of nature conservation. It is not a corporate body, but a network of conservation practitioners, academics and interested individuals that simply focus its members‚Äô views, giving them a platform for ‚Äėchallenging conservation.‚Äô
Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now North America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization ‚Äď with more than two million members and supporters. Its successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, it has made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.
The Humane Society International is one of the only international animal protection organizations in the world working to protect all animals, including animals in laboratories, farm animals, companion animals, and wildlife.
Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace, and exists because this fragile earth deserves a voice. It needs solutions. It needs change. It needs action.
Survival International is the global movement for tribal peoples‚Äô rights, and the only organization that champions tribal peoples around the world. They help them defend their lives, protect their lands and determine their own futures.
Environmental Action turns ideas into impassioned, results-oriented activism that protects the environment from polluters and their allies in government. They never flinch from a fight. They always put the planet first. They hold the powerful accountable and speak for the trees. And if you share their vision and values, they invite you to join their growing community.
Animal Defenders International (ADI) was founded in 1990. Their mission is to educate, create awareness, and promote the interest of humanity in the cause of justice, and the suppression of all forms of cruelty to animals; wherever possible, to alleviate suffering, and to conserve and protect animals and their environment.
The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) is the world federation of organisations making up the global humanist movement, including all non-theistic traditions such as humanist, atheist, rationalist, secularist, laique, ethical culture, freethought, and skeptic.
The Alliance of the Sustainable Energy Trade Initiative (SETI Alliance) is a coalition of businesses, think tanks, and governments that works to promote a scale-up sustainable energy goods and services through trade. The Alliance’s activities are managed by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) in collaboration with the Global Green Growth Institute.
The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. For over forty years, the Society has been at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs.
World Animal Protection (previously The World Society for the Protection of Animals) exists to tackle animal cruelty across the globe. It works directly with animals and with the people and organisations that can ensure animals are treated with respect and compassion.
The Born Free Foundation is a dynamic international wildlife charity, founded in 1984 by the actors Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, OBE, stars of the iconic film Born Free, and their son Will Travers OBE, the charity‚Äôs President. Born Free takes action worldwide to save lives, stop suffering, rescue individuals and protect species.
Compassion in World Farming campaigns peacefully to end all cruel factory farming practices, and believes that the biggest cause of cruelty on the planet deserves a focused, specialised approach ‚Äď so only works on farm animal welfare.
The World Wildlife Fund’s ultimate goal has always been ‚Äúpeople living in harmony with nature‚ÄĚ – so they’re about respecting and valuing the natural world and finding ways to share the Earth‚Äôs resources fairly.
Conservation International builds upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, empowering societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature and global biodiversity for the well-being of humanity.
The National Resources Defense Council in the US is the nation’s most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.4 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals. The New York Times calls it “one of the nation’s most powerful environmental groups,” and The National Journal says it is “a credible and forceful advocate for stringent environmental protection.”
Solar Action Alliance is a large group of like-minded people who are concerned about the environment and what the world will be like in the future if nothing is done to conserve its energy sources. Solar energy is available freely, it‚Äôs abundant, it‚Äôs clean, it‚Äôs reliable and what is the most important thing it‚Äôs renewable energy from the sun. Far less of the world‚Äôs resources are depleted to supply energy if the sun is used to fulfill our insatiable demand for it.
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