What are we doing?

How is Sussex Wildlife Trust tackling the climate emergency?

Protecting and restoring our natural environment and ecosystems is important in its own right, but it also produces a range of other services that can help people and wildlife to adapt in a changing climate. 

The challenges are huge but there is still time to create a thriving and sustainable future - read more about our vision for a Wilder Sussex.

We have identified four main areas to combat the effects of climate change:

1.     Protect our current wildlife and wild places - future biodiversity can only adapt and evolve from the biodiversity that survives today

2.     Reduce damage to nature from sources other than climate change - wildlife may be less able to adapt to climate change if other sources of harm are present e.g. habitat loss and fragmentation, pollution, over-abstraction of water, agricultural intensification 

3.     Develop ecologically robust and varied landscapes - maintaining a diversity of habitats and allowing natural processes to shape the ecology and structure of whole landscapes will give wildlife the best chance to survive and adapt

4.     Create ecological networks by protecting, creating and restoring habitats - making it easier for species to move through the landscape will allow wildlife to spread and give it the space it needs to recover

Read our climate change strategy: Weathering the Change

We are:

  • Building resilience to flooding, drought and biodiversity loss by creating healthy nature recovery networks, with our nature reserves at their core
  • Protecting and restoring landscapes for carbon capture by planting trees; restoring and retaining important wetland habitats; and sustaining healthy soils
  • Reducing the impacts of flooding and drought through our Natural Flood Management partnership projects
  • Helping others to understand and restore natural capital
  • Creating coastal resilience to climate change through managed re-alignment of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
  • Campaigning forhealthy, Living Seas and Marine Conservation Zones
  • Running Shoresearch surveys to help track indicator species for climate change
  • Hosting the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre, which provides important information on the phenological changes occurring in our wildlife in response to climate change