Changes in farming practices, scrub burning, poaching and drainage have put heavy pressure on grassland and heath habitats in many areas across the globe. Though they are often exposed environments, heathland and grasslands can be very rich habitats. UK heathlands and chalk grasslands are a shrinking haven for myriad birds and insects, 97% of British wildflower meadows have already disappeared, while grassland habitats worldwide are suffering.
We are working to repair and prevent this damage, through breeding programmes, monitoring work, developing conservation capacity and raising awareness of the value these ecosystems for wildlife, people and the planet.
Our conservation scientists have led ground-breaking research using satellites to understand the impacts of a long-standing UK rewilding project which has seen key species and native vegetation return.
We are fighting for the future of west African elephants, in their most important stronghold, which is home to over 70% of the remaining population.
Together with local communities and our partners, we have established anti-poaching patrols which are key to recovering numbers in Nepal.