Right now the EU laws which help protect the Bottlenose Dolphin, Harbour Porpoise and many important seabird sites are under review and at risk of being weakened.
The 'Habitats Directive and 'Birds Directive' have been fundamental to the successful protection of much European wildlife over the past 30 years. MARINElife are one of 100 voluntary organisations who have responded to the European Commissions 'Fitness Check' of the directives and have linked with the 'Nature Alert' tool* which allow you to have your say as well.
Please do support the campaign to maintain these important pieces of legislation.
You can let the European Commission know that you care by signing the Nature Alert
Over 80,000 people have already signed and we need to see 150,000 sign as a first step and then 1,000,000+ to ensure these laws are not weakened.
As Chair of the Joint Wildlife and Countryside Links' Habitats and Birds group states:
"The Habitats and Birds Directives are the foundation of nature conservation across Europe and are scientifically proven to be effective where properly implemented. The Directives deliver demonstrable benefits for nature, as well as significant social and economic benefits.
For over 30 years they have protected some of our best loved and most iconic landscapes from the Scottish Flow County to the sand dunes and marshes of the north Norfolk coast. They are essential to the protection of species large and small, from the Basking Shark and the Harbour Porpoise, to the Dartford Warbler and the Hazel Dormouse.
The strength of support from 100 voluntary organisations across the UK shows how significant the Directives are in safeguarding Europe's biodiversity. Uncertainty over the future of the Directives resulting from the 'Fitness Check' review could be bad for nature, bad for people and bad for business."
* The tool is being made available to citizens of 28 European countries and has been translated into 20 languages.