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United Kingdom






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Nature in the United Kingdom is imperiled. That wildlands have suffered on the island home of 66 million people and the epicenter of the industrial revolution comes as no surprise. More interesting is that a growing movement of UK citizens is working to restore natural habitat in this nation.

Photo by SCOTLAND: The Big Picture/ Scotland

United Kingdom's Ecology

Many protected areas in the United Kingdom are of cultural significance only, so severe is the degradation of the wild world. Still, high quality natural areas remain, existing in isolated pockets and vulnerable to degradation from external forces. Finding access to the full psychological and ecological benefits conferred by nature is difficult in severely fragmented landscapes, and UK partner groups work to overcome these challenges and bring communities into deeper alignment with the natural world.

Half (Mission Achieved)

Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.

Can Reach Half

Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.

Could Be Restored

Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.


Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.


London Zoological Society (ZSL)

Working to protect wildlife around the world, ZSL is inspiring action while innovating on-the-ground work that values and supports all communities, human and ecological.

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Wilderness Foundation Global

An international alliance of wilderness conservation groups working together to protect wild nature while meeting the needs of human communities - for the benefit of all life on Earth. <p> WFG is a founding member of and an active proponent for Nature Needs Half.

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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture

Amplifying the case for a wilder Scotland.

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The Nature Needs Half movement is only as strong as its member organizations. Discover more about the individuals and organizations who have committed to protecting 50% of the planet by 2050.
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Snowdonia, United Kingdom. Photo by Paul Morris.

This jewel of Welsh heritage ranges from the highest peaks in Wales to rare coastal sand dunes, making Snowdonia of equal ecological and cultural significance.

Insh Marshes, United Kingdom. Photo by James Allen.
Insh Marshes

These wetlands encompass only 10 square kilometers of land, and yet they are one of the most important marshes in Europe for the bird and insect life they support.

UK South Downs National Park
South Downs National Park

A recent addition to the UK’s protected area system, this geologically rich area (including chalk downs and cliffs) was threatened by speculative real estate development.