Current Issues

Current issues affecting wildlife and wild places in Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull.

EU Referendum 2016

The EU Referendum was held on 23rd June 2016. 

With the EU Referendum over, the challenges faced by the UK’s wildlife are as great as they have ever been. Wildlife is under real pressure from intensive land use and sometimes insensitive development on land and at sea. Our lives are becoming more remote from the natural world.

It is time to focus on the future of our natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife. To concentrate on what a healthy natural environment can do for us and what we must do for it.

Response from Ed Green, CEO of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust: 

"The people have spoken and the big decision has been taken. The Leave campaign presented an ambitious vision for the UK's role in the world. The same level of ambition must now extend to the fundamental role that nature plays in lives in these islands."

Read more about The Wildife Trusts' position on the EU Referendum here.

High Speed 2 (HS2)

High Speed 2 is a Government proposal to build a new high speed railway network between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust believes that the scheme will have a devastating effect on the county’s wildlife. Analysis by the Wildlife Trusts reveals that the scheme will impact on irreplaceable ancient woodlands, county important Local Wildlife Sites and numerous protected and priority species along the route. Read more about our work regarding HS2 here.

Provisional Position Statement on Unconventional Gas Production in Warwickshire

Underground Coal Gasification is a process which is designed to extract synthetic methane from underground coal seams which cannot be accessed by conventional mining techniques. It involves the partial combustion of coal in situ under restricted levels of oxygen enabling the combined conversion of coal to synthetic gas and its extraction. The process is achieved by drilling at least two bore holes into the deposits. One delivers oxygen and steam/water to the coal seam – the other brings the synthetic gas to the surface. Read more here.

State of Nature Report 2013

For the first time, the UK’s wildlife organisations have joined forces to undertake a health check of nature in the UK. The report reveals that 60 per cent of the species studied have declined over recent decades. More than one in ten of all the species assessed are under threat of disappearing from our shores altogether.

Read more about the State of Nature Report or download your copy.

Ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea)

Chalara dieback of ash is a serious disease of ash trees caused by a fungus called Chalara fraxinea (C. fraxinea), including its sexual stage, Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidus (H. pseudoalbidus). The disease causes leaf loss and crown dieback in affected trees, and usually leads to tree death.
Find out more about Ash dieback.