Hugo Swire MP has not signed a high profile and vital pledge on protecting nature after Brexit, despite many of his conservative colleagues doing so.
The pledge has great relevance to East Devon as it relates to the retention of at least the same level of protection of the Exe Estuary, as well as Aylesbeare and Woodbury Commons.
In fact EU legislation protects 115,000 hectares of land and species across 122 sites in Devon.
More than one in 10 of the UK’s wildlife species are threatened with extinction and the numbers of the nation’s most endangered creatures have plummeted by two-thirds since 1970, according to the most recent State of Nature report published last year.
The abundance of all wildlife has also fallen, with one in six animals, birds, fish and plants having been lost, the report found.
Together with historical deforestation and industrialisation, these trends have left the UK “among the most nature-depleted countries in the world”, with most of the country having gone past the threshold at which “ecosystems may no longer reliably meet society’s needs”........