You may have seen recent publicity about the review of and potential threat to the EU Birds and Habitats Directives arising  from a review of their operation led by the European Commission. The RSPB and other members of Wildlife Link organisations are seeking to protect and promote these EU Nature Directives.  The Directives provide essential protection to our rarest and most threatened species, and safeguard the best habitats for supporting a diversity of life in the UK and across much of Europe. They drive the fundamental aspects of conservation in the most important places – from managing sites and protecting them from development, to protecting species from human persecution. That’s why we need a massive demonstration of public support for the Directives during the European Commission’s public consultation on the future of the Directives. The more people act, the easier it will be to convince EU leaders that the general public really care about nature and won’t tolerate a weakening of its protection.

We would really appreciate the help of you and your members to add their voices to this call. We are asking that everybody takes about 20 minutes to submit a detailed response  directly to the European Commission. The more detailed responses they get, the better. The whole survey is multiple choice with one free text question at the end, so taking part is still quite quick and easy. There is an option to complete just Part 1 of the survey which is less detailed but covers the essential points. The attached briefing should help people to answer the questionnaire.

If people do not feel confident to complete the full consultation or do not have time to do so then please take 2 minutes for the one-click action of support which can be accessed through the RSPB website <> .  However, please don’t do this as well as completing the full consultation.  Obviously completing the full EU questionnaire directly will be the most effective but either will be fantastic.

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Paul St Pierre (RSPB Conservation Officer)