Sir David Attenborough calls for changes on planning of Scottish towns

SIR David Attenborough has called on pressure to be put on politicians to create ‘powerful new environmental laws’ in Scotland.

In a short film released today (October 7), the president of The Wildlife Trusts spoke on recently released figures showing a decline in native Scottish species – warning that changes need to be made on the way land is managed in the country to help ensure the survival of wildlife.

He said, “Now is the time to tell our politicians that we need an ecological network set in Scottish law. A legally binding network for nature would mean that wildlife is prioritised when managing our land and planning our towns. Powerful new environmental laws can ensure habitats are expanded and reconnected meaning all life will thrive once more.

“It’s time to turn things around. Nature is capable of extraordinary recovery but we must act now. Tell your politicians now is the time to put nature into recovery. Everything works better when it’s connected.”

Jo Pike, chief executive of the Scottish Wildlife Trust, added, “Biodiversity loss and climate change are two of the most pressing threats facing society. Greater investment in nature must be at the heart of solving both of these challenges. We need swift and strategic action to protect and restore Scotland’s natural habitats. This must include ensuring that wild places are linked through a Scotland-wide ecological network.

“We would urge people to sign up to our Wilder Future campaign and find out what they can do to help wildlife in their local area.”