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The Peoples Walk for Wildlife is being organised by Chris Packham in Hyde Park this September.

It is an opportunity for anyone who supports our wildlife and countryside to show how much it means to us and ask for a change in the way we treat it.

It is an event for everyone – especially families, and there are activities for children to get involved in both before and on the day.   To find out more about the event follow the links below:

22nd September 2018
10am: Gather at Reformers Tree, Hyde Park
12 noon: Infotainment
1pm: Walk
2pm: Finish at Richmond Terrace

Whatever your interest in wildlife, this is the day for you!

Come along, bring your children, grandchildren, friends, neighbours – show your support.

Read more and watch Chris Packham video here:


  3 Responses to “The Peoples Walk for Wildlife – September 22nd 2018”

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  1. Chris has written an article in the Guardian newspaper as follows :

    My manifesto could save Britain’s dying wildlife

    Earlier this summer, I sat in my garden, admiring a small wildflower patch I’d sown. Then I realised something was missing. Not a single butterfly jinked between the flowers, no bumblebees buzzed, no hoverflies hovered.

    We have lots of data to prove these absences, and have become inured to them. We say that we’ve lost 97% of our flower-rich meadows since the 1930s or that we’ve lost 86% of corn bunting or 97% of hedgehogs. Loss, lost … as if this habitat and these species have mysteriously disappeared into the ether. Lost means inadvertently misplaced. No, our wildlife has been killed, starved, poisoned, ploughed up or concreted over.

    Our lazy, self-excusing terminology is representative of our chronic acceptance of such appalling catastrophes. We share these shocking statistics like a vicious game of Top Trumps – to the extent that they have lost their meaning. We’ve forgotten that they are a death toll, the dwindling voices of vanished millions, a tragic echo of a recent time of plentiful life. According to the definitive State of Nature report, between 1970 and 2013 56% of UK species declined, and 15% are now threatened with extinction. Of the 218 countries assessed for “biodiversity intactness”, the UK is ranked 189. We are among the most nature-depleted countries in the world.

    It’s time to rouse ourselves from this complacent stupor, because we are presiding over an ecological apocalypse. But it is not too late. There is hope we can hold on to, and there is action we can take.

    I’ve been organising the first People’s Walk for Wildlife, which takes place in London this Saturday from midday. Everyone is invited – foresters, reserve wardens, teachers, students, children, scientists, artists, bloggers, activists, volunteers, gardeners. We are going to sing songs, play birdsong from the missing birds and share our love of all species.

    But this isn’t some fluffy bunny-hugging endeavour. We have specific ideas to fix this too. Today I’m publishing a People’s Manifesto for Wildlife which we will present to the environment secretary, Michael Gove. I asked 17 independent experts to suggest practical, creative and hard-hitting measures to stop the destruction. They’ve amazed me. We’ve produced a manifesto containing nearly 200 ideas to revive British wildlife.

    Some are imaginative steps to ensure future generations grow up better connected to the natural world. Every primary school child could have one day of outdoor learning each fortnight. Twin every primary school with a farm to help children understand farming and food growing. Get primary school classes to name and own significant urban trees in perpetuity to form lifelong bonds between people and trees.

    Other ideas will ensure that everyone – no matter how urban – can gain access to high-quality green space. Hospitals must be supported to increase provision of “nearby nature” for patients and relatives. The NHS could work with environmental groups to develop “eco-prescribing” such as forest bathing, as practised in Japan. Swift, sparrow or starling boxes could be installed on all new-builds. Every park and industrial estate should have a wildlife pond.
    We also call for long overdue legal changes. Ban the weedkiller glyphosate. Ban driven grouse shooting. Ban scallop dredging in UK waters. Ban snares (the UK is one of only five EU member states where snaring is legal). Some bans will directly impinge upon our popular freedoms, such as excluding dogs (except assistance dogs) from nature reserves. We cannot live with impunity now we number nearly 70 million people.
    Many of these measures are cheap. Introduced today, they would transform Britain’s wildlife tomorrow. But the biggest positive effect on wildlife can be made by the custodians of 70% of Britain’s land: farmers. There is no doubt industrial farming has driven much of the decline in wildlife but it is not fair to blame individual farmers. If this becomes a fight between farmers and conservationists we all lose. Brexit gives us an opportunity to devise new, improved financial support for genuinely sustainable farming – which by definition is wildlife-friendly farming. Ultimately we depend on other species for our food, and our survival. In 2017 a scientific report revealed that 76% of flying insects had vanished from German nature reserves over the past 25 years. Extinguish insect life, and human life will follow.

    One farmer quoted in the manifesto argues that we must all rethink the way we live, shop, cook and eat “so that we wean ourselves off the damaging farming that has fed us cheaply, but at an appalling price to nature”. The manifesto is only a first draft. Some ideas will be criticised. Many of you will have other great ideas. Let’s share them, debate them, and take decisive steps to save the wildlife that enriches every single one of us.

    • Chris Packham is a naturalist, nature photographer and author
    His interesting manifesto can be downloaded here :

  2. Thanks Steve, this looks like a great initiative – our wildlife needs help and soon! Time for us to roll our sleeves up and get involved.

  3. I agree Sue – we now have a wake up call and need to act. The plastic situation is getting out of hand, as are other endemic situations that have been highlighted in the manifesto. So, what can we do? Over to you readers, it’s open for debate.

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