Even though we have protected areas where some of our vulnerable wildlife species can thrive, many of these places are in poor condition and they exist in isolation. At sea, only a tiny percentage of our marine habitats are protected.
Climate change is forcing species to move to new areas in search of places to feed and raise their young. But what if, for example, a wading bird driven north by warming temperatures can’t find another suitable wetland to move to? It soon finds itself in big trouble. This is already happening, and it will happen more and more frequently as temperatures continue to rise.
We need to restore existing places for wildlife to full health, and we need to create new wildlife habitats. We also need to join these sites with stepping-stones and corridors of habitat within our urban and agricultural landscapes. By creating a network of linked wildlife sites, we can give species the ability to colonise new areas as the climate forces them to move. We help them to be resilient.
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children” – Native American proverb
In this section: