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RSPB launches 'Revive our World' campaign
The turtle dove - the UK's only migratory dove - has declined by 93 per cent since the 1970s.

Charity calls for action as scale of environmental decline is revealed

The RSPB is calling for the government to establish legally binding targets to restore nature by 2030, as well as a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the country, as part of its new ‘Revive our World’ campaign.

The charity’s 2019 State of Nature report revealed that British wildlife is continuing to decline, with 41 per cent of species assessed having decreased over the past 10 years. 15 per cent of all wildlife in the country is now under threat of extinction and two per cent is already extinct.

The new campaign’s launch coincides with the release of a major report from the UN which, according the RSPB, will show a ‘global failure’ to halt the decline of nature over the last decade.

Ten years ago, the UN devised the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, a 10-year-plan with 20 key targets aimed at protecting and conserving natural systems. The RSPB’s report, ‘A Lost Decade for Nature’ reveals that the UK may have met as little as three of these 20 targets.

The charity has stated that it believes the reason for this failure is that the targets were not legally binding and so governments were not compelled to act.

Beccy Speight, chief executive of the RSPB said: “We need people across the UK to stand up for nature, to let our politicians know this is not good enough and we demand they revive our world.

“Every country in the UK must create legally binding targets to restore nature, invest in nature and green jobs, and support farmers to produce healthy food that’s good for people, climate and wildlife. We have to put our money where our mouth is and use the next decade to do something truly impressive.”

For more information on the Revive Our World campaign and to sign up, please visit the RSPB website.

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Tickets on sale for horse welfare conference

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 Tickets are now on sale for the 'Welfare and Performance of the Ridden Horse' conference, due to take place at Nottingham University on Saturday, 11 December 2021.

World-renowned researchers, including Prof. Hilary Clayton and Dr Sue Dyson, will deliver the latest research updates. There will also be interactive Q&A sessions throughout the day, interactive polls and a fun evening of entertainment.

Organisers say that in the event of further coronavirus restrictions, day tickets will be transferred to livestream tickets. For more information about the conference and to book your place, click here.  

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SRUC to host virtual parasitology event for vet practices

Veterinary practices across the UK are being invited to an online CPD event hosted by Scotland's Rural College (SRUC). The event will include a 30-minute discussion on parasitology by Professor Neil Foster, head of the department of veterinary and animal science in SRUC's North Faculty.

The event takes place via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday, 16 September (6-7 pm). Certificates of CPD attendance will be provided, and a questionnaire will be distributed following the event with ideas for future events and courses. Click here for more information and to book a place.