World Wildlife Day 2022
World Wildlife Day
To celebrate and raise awareness of the world's wild fauna and flora
“Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration”
World Wildlife Day was agreed upon and created by the UN in 2013 after the idea was proposed by Thailand. The mission is to “celebrate and raise awareness of the world's wild fauna and flora.”
There has been an average decline of 68% in birds, amphibians, mammals, reptiles and fish since 1970. (According to 2020 Living Planet Report).
That’s more than 2/3!!
It’s obvious that the world isn’t doing enough to support the planet’s ecosystem. This is where you can help. For many of us, it can sound incredibly positive and like something we want to get involved with, but at the same time, it’s very overwhelming and may feel like you’ll never make a difference on your own, and that’s ok.
Here at Green Feathers, we are making it one of our goals to do more for wildlife in 2022 and beyond. This could include things as simple as ensuring we put lots of bird feeders out and spread awareness, or as big as making donations to wildlife charities.
Here’s how you can help...
On the 3rd March (World Wildlife Day), we have pledged to donate 50% of NET profits from all orders that day. The money raised will be donated to the Avon Wildlife Trust, a local wildlife charity based in Bristol, UK. So not only will you buy yourself a fantastic bird box camera, but you will also be donating to a worthwhile charity that really helps our precious flora and fauna in the Southwest of England.
Avon Wildlife Trust
"Avon Wildlife Trust was founded in 1980 as a charity to safeguard Avon’s precious green spaces and was Britain’s first urban wildlife trust, focusing on people and wildlife habitats in Bristol, Bath and other urban areas across the region. Since then our work has extended to urban and rural areas across the West of England. We continue to champion urban wildlife, promote landscape-scale conservation, manage 30 nature reserves, stand up for wildlife against inappropriate development and other threats, work to influence decision-makers locally and nationally to put nature and wildlife at the heart of policy and we inspire people of all ages to connect with nature in their everyday lives.
We believe everyone in Avon deserves to have access to nature. However, more and more people are becoming disconnected with the natural world around them because of the rapid decline of wildlife we're seeing across the area, especially in our urban landscapes.
We all know the natural world is in crisis as every year we’re overwhelmed with new statistics about the shocking losses in wildlife around us. Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history. Since 1970, we have lost 69% of our wild animals, 50% of all marine wildlife and a staggering 83% of freshwater wildlife. Here in Avon sadly the picture is equally bleak – for example we have 96% fewer starlings and swifts than we did in the 1990s and we’ve seen sharp declines in familiar friends like nesting birds and hedgehogs. The loss of our natural world is rapid, and it’s accelerating at an alarming rate.
The first Wildlife Trusts were set up to protect at-risk habitats – and that aim is still central to our mission. For decades we’ve worked hard to protect the few wild areas that remain, saving species in nature reserves and even bringing some back from local extinction. But now, in the face of these devastating losses, we need to go further to restore, regenerate and re-wild places everywhere, creating more space for nature to recover - before it’s too late. Avon Wildlife Trust is here to play a vital role in leading the change, but we can’t do it alone. We hope you will join us on our journey. We need as many people involved as possible. Let’s do this together, for all of us, and for wildlife."
- Avon Wildlife Trust