from towans to tors, marshland to moorland, Heathland to Hedges – Cornwall & the Isles of ScillY is a bounty of natural beauty on land and at sea. Rich in wildlife, nature is at the core of our identity and heritage. It keeps us healthy, happy, resilient and prosperous – providing clean air & water, food, flood resilience, and a stable climate.
But Nature is in trouble. Even if we fully decarbonise we still risk ecosystem collapse. Habitats are being degraded, polluted & destroyed. We’re losing wildlife faster than ever before, and climate change is making things worse. This is an ecological emergency.
A million species are at threat globally, and the UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world. Whilst Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly may look green, we have suffered many local extinctions too – and many of our most important species are now at threat. That is no mystery. Only around a fifth of our land and less than a tenth of our inshore seabed is well-managed for nature – and only a quarter of our rivers are healthy. This is a legacy of poor practices encouraged by flawed policy and incentives. And it threatens many of the natural processes vital for keeping us fed, healthy, prosperous and safe.
But together we can take action. We can manage our land and seas better to house, feed and enjoy ourselves in a more nature-positive way. And we want your help. Together we can ensure that at least 30% of our land and seas are well-managed for nature locally by 2030.
Will you join us? Explore the pledges so far and let us know your own pledge for nature…
Pledges so far…
Many thanks to everyone who has pledged so far! Together we can be a coalition for nature in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Below is everyone who has given their support, and just a few of their pledges…
Andrew Whitehouse, Buglife
Bethany Giles of Red River Rescuers
Cllr Sally Weedon
Colette Beckham, Gain Consulting
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership
Cornwall Bryophyte Group
Cornwall Wildlife Trust
Council of the Isles of Scilly
Councillor Martyn Alvey, Cornwall Council
Dan Cooke/Tamar Valley AONB
Devon and Cornwall Police
Duchy of Cornwall
Geothermal Engineering Ltd
Gerrans Parish Council
Grampound with Creed Parish Council
Higher Pendeen Camping
Jane McCutchan volunteer / Making Space for Nature in Cornish Towns
Janet Axworthy – Member of Cornwall Wildlife Trust
Lanteglos by Fowey Parish Council
Little Gwendreath Holiday Cottages
Ludgvan Parish Council
Mark Luxton Cornwall Council
Molly and Peter Long/TAC
Mr Alex Huke
Philip C. Hills
Pip Cook (PACE- Perranzabuloe Action on Climate Emergency)
RAF St Mawgan
Red River Rescuers
Resilient Orchards Cornwall CIC
Roseland Environmental Action Community Team
Rowena Castillo-Nicholls / Ladock Parish Wildlife Group
Saltash Environmental Action
St Stephens by Launceston Rural Parish Council
Sue Sayer/Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust
The Clothes Horse
The Cornwall College Group
The Vale of Avalon/ Arthurian Centre
University of Exeter
Victoria Burton-Davey at Drawing On Nature
…and many others who have pledged anonymously.
RAF St Mawgan is committed to developing its ecosystem, improving biodiversity, preserving rural habitats, and protecting the life cycle of threatened species by promoting awareness of environmental issues and providing a sanctuary for rare and endangered living things to…
Cornwall College is a large Further and Higher Education College, the college operates from a number of sites throughout Cornwall and Devon comprising both general further education and specialist land-based campuses…
Cornwall Council has declared an ecological emergency in recognition that nature is in trouble; and we have adopted a long-term framework for action through our Environmental Growth Strategy. We support the LNP’s ambition that at least 30%…
I will commit at least one third of my farmland to maximising biodiversity, plant more native trees, preserving heritage apple varieties, providing a huge array of flowering plants for pollinators, and allowing my hedges to grow high and wide to…
- Taking meaningful action on our estate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change to ensure a net gain in carbon sequestration. 2. Creating and restoring homes for wildlife that support nature’s recovery…
The University of Exeter’s Cornwall campuses are a haven for a diverse range of plant and animal species. We pledge to conserve and enhance the habitats that support wildlife on our campuses. We pledge also to share knowledge…
Visit Cornwall is committed to drive and support the development of sustainable and regenerative tourism, especially after the last two years of coping with the staycation boom, driven by UK residents not being able to travel…
Buglife will work with others to support the recovery of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s most threatened species of invertebrates – such as the Long-horned bee, Brown-banded carder bee, Blue ground beetle, and Red-barbed ant.
Cornwall AONB Partnership pledge to protect, conserve and enhance the natural resources of Cornwall, through an integrated approach to sustainable land-management which supports biodiversity conservation, habitat connectivity…
The Council of the Isles of Scilly has committed to work with our colleagues and partners to protect and enhance our natural environment, safeguarding our marine life and coastal landscapes to support nature recovery. The commitment…
Research in 2020 showed 12% of species of principal importance threatened with local extinction, with nearly half of terrestrial mammals and three-fifths of butterflies found in fewer places. Cornwall is experiencing an ecological…
Publishing our Nature Recovery Plan to engage land managers & raise additional resources for practical nature recovery and enhancement projects across the Tamar Valley AONB over the next 5 years.
Devon and Cornwall Police’s approach to wildlife crime supports the six priority areas within National Police Chiefs Council’s Wildlife Crime Strategy. These are currently: 1) The Convention on International Trade in Endangered…
The Duchy of Cornwall has committed to supporting and rapidly accelerating the world’s transition towards a sustainable future. As a supporter of Terra Carta, we have pledged to secure the protection and restoration…
Eden Project will continue to enhance biodiversity within its Outer Estate with the creation of 2.5 hectares of tree planting and 7 hectares of wildflower meadows and associated habitats. This work is part of Eden’s wider…
Nationally, the Environment Agency Pledge for Nature is: ‘Create better places for people, wildlife and the environment, using nature based solutions and delivering biodiversity net gain wherever possible…
Falmouth Harbours’ pledge is to continue to work with stakeholders to further understand, find ways to co-exist with and wherever possible regenerate the valuable seabed habitats we are lucky to have within our harbour.
As a renewable energy generation company, Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL) always seeks to work in harmony with the natural environment. As such we pledge to help the local Cornish environment thrive by…
Decarbonising our economy is both an environmental imperative and a huge opportunity for Cornwall & Isles of Scilly. Our location at the tip of the South West of the UK and our geology gives us an abundance of resources to power…
Natural England’s purpose is to ensure that the natural environment is conserved, enhanced and managed for the benefit of present and future generations, thereby contributing to sustainable development. In carrying out…
Our new Community Interest Company pledges to support nature by: 1) helping to plant more Community orchards across Cornwall,
2) sharing knowledge to help manage orchards and helping to bring back…
Continuing to write books and articles about the environment and to fundraise for, among other things, a healing garden at Treliske. And to support what my son, Merlin and his wife, Lizzie, are doing at www.cabillacornwall.com.
In response to the Climate and Ecological Emergencies, Roseland Environment Action Community Team (REACT) will undertake selected activities on the Roseland that protect the environment and mitigate adverse…
We will continue to prioritise and work on our Climate and Ecological Emergency plan https://www.volunteercornwall.org.uk/climate-action-plan. This includes working with staff and stakeholders on strategies and operational…
As the Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, I will use my position of influence to promote and implement Cornwall Council’s Draft Nature Recovery Strategy. In particular, I will highlight the…
Continuing to support environmental initiatives in the parish including wildlife corridors, wild flower planting and protecting the marine environment.
This Parish Council has already stopped using broad spectrum herbicides and pledged to do a ‘no mow May’.
Preventing any pollution to the waterways on our farm. Continuing wildlife habitat creation including a small woodland. Providing resource efficiency on our Camp Site. Reducing our Carbon Footprint in our climate action plan.
Members pledge to sow/plant wildflowers and support the community seed exchange.
Advocating that 30% of our land and seas are well managed by 2030.
As set out in the Ludgvan Neighbourhood Development Plan, the agreed aims and objectives are: Aims: Protect and enhance the character of the local countryside and coastline. Identify and create new opportunities for wildlife…
I have been raising awareness on the importance of wildlife through “Wildlife Matters”. I have been raising awareness on the benefits of nature on our mental health and physical well-being through “Connect with Nature”…
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