It’s not too late to bring our wildlife back
Sadly, since we first met Badger and friends in 1908, the UK has become one of the most nature-depleted nations in the world. The Wildlife Trusts have created an animated trailer of The Wind in the Willows, which brings to life the 21st century threats that would face the much-loved characters from Kenneth Grahame’s children’s classic in today’s life.
On watching it, we hope that you’ll be inspired to help put nature into recovery. We know it’s not too late to bring our wildlife back, but we must act now.
Join our Wilder Future campaign and be part of a movement determined to make a difference for wildlife.
We’ll be sharing ideas for what you can do to help put nature into recovery.
Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad
Watch our favourite characters as they begin their search for Wilder Future:
Kenneth Grahame wrote The Wind in the Willows just over a hundred years ago. Since then, many of the UK’s wild places and the plants and animals that depend on them have been lost. For example: 97% of lowland meadows and the beautiful wildflowers, insects, mammals and birds that they supported have disappeared; 80% of our beautiful purple heathlands have vanished – with their blaeberries, sand lizards and stunning nocturnal birds, nightjars.
Kenneth Grahame’s Ratty – the water vole – is the UK’s most rapidly declining mammal and has been lost from 94% of places where they were once prevalent, and their range is continuing to contract. Toad is also finding that times are very tough: he has lost nearly 70% of his own kind in the last 30 years alone – and much more than that in the last century.