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New survey to identify key species for conservation

Posted on Friday 24th May 2024
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Simon Tagg, Staffordshire County Council's cabinet member for environment, infrastructure and climate change.

Members of the public are being urged to help identify key species that should be prioritised for conservation within Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

This initiative is part of the plans to develop a new long-term strategy to recover, protect and enhance nature and wildlife.

Led by Staffordshire County Council, the Local Nature Recovery Strategy (LNRS) for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent aims to set out priorities to drive a coordinated plan to protect nature.

The plan will pinpoint locations across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent where we can create or improve habitats such as woodlands, rivers, and meadows to reverse the decline of species and protect the area’s unique biodiversity.

The UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world with 41% of species being in decline and 15% facing extinction. Like much of the UK, nature is under pressure in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent too.

A survey, launched today, is asking residents to share the species they feel are the most important to protect. The survey will close in late June 2024.

Simon Tagg, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for environment, infrastructure and climate change, said:

“Whether you're a wildlife enthusiast or you simply enjoy spending time outdoors, your voice matters.

"By taking a few minutes to complete this survey, you will be helping us to identify local wildlife that you feel has the greatest need for our protection. This information will help us to ensure they continue to thrive for generations to come.”

Complete the survey now at https://forms.office.com/e/kGTKDFwXXH 

Find out more about the Staffordshire and Stoke LNRS here.

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