SAVE OUR TOADS!.. and frogs, newts, slow worms, lizards, grass snakes and adders..
Unless we speak up, there is a danger these vulnerable amphibians and reptiles will be even more endangered than they already are.
All these native amphibians and reptiles are under threat of having the legal protection they get under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 removed. Amphibians and reptiles, and many other valued wildlife species in the UK are already in serious decline.
Please email the Secretary of State George Eustice, who has power to have these animals protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, and your MP, asking him to take action. There is a suggested email below, which can be added to with your own reasons.
This situation has arisen because of a recent government review, which proposes that only species which are at risk of extinction should have legal protection, despite the fact that many species in the UK, including amphibians and reptiles have seriously declined in numbers.
Unless the government agrees these creatures should continue to be legally protected, there is a serious danger many of our much-loved amphibians and reptiles will be wiped out. Without legal protection, It will be legal for people to injure and kill grass snakes and adders. It will be legal for developers to destroy habitat and kill slow worms and other amphibians. It will be legal to sell common frogs and toads, and so transfer harmful infectious diseases. For more information, go to AEC, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation https://www.arc-trust.org/News/seeing-red
Email to : firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rt Hon George Eustice, Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
Dear George Eustice,
I am extremely concerned to learn that valued amphibians and reptiles may shortly be unprotected by law. They are all iconic creatures, part of our countryside and national heritage.
Please add the amphibians and reptiles currently protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act to the schedule of protected species following the forthcoming Quinquennial Review . These species are all extremely vulnerable due to loss of habitat and development, and without this protection they will be even more endangered, at risk of being forced from dwindling habitats, killed, and traded. Removing their legal protection goes against your own plans to halt species decline and boost biodiversity announced in May this year.