The LANCE Trust is dedicated to stopping and reversing the decline of wildlife habitats and species in the parish of Long Ashton.
Formed in April 2021, (formerly LANCET), The Trust hopes to raise awareness of how people within the parish can give space for nature to thrive by providing inspiration, information, links and creating a database. There will also be plenty of opportunity for residents to get involved in exciting projects to increase biodiversity within the parish itself.
We believe that, by working together, we can help bees, butterflies, birds and mammals; restore habitats, improve the health of our soils, increase our wellbeing and help mitigate the effects of climate change.
As the group becomes more established, more information will be added to the site so this is very much work in progress
In May 2019, the UK parliament declared a climate & nature emergency. A few months later, Bristol was the first city to declare an ecological emergency and the Long Ashton Parish Council was quick to follow.
Right now, we are witnessing a cascade of extinctions across the world with 60% of wild invertebrates and up to 76% of insects since 1970. In the UK, there are 30 million fewer hedgehogs than in 1950 and, nearer home, numbers of once common songbirds like swifts and starlings have dropped by more than 96%.
Long Ashton has seen its share of wildlife species plummet too but, by working together, The LANCE Trust believes it can stop the decline and even reverse it. Nationwide, much work and research has gone into finding what can be done to reverse the precipitous decline of our wildlife. Words like ‘rewilding’ and ‘habitat restoration’ are now in common use. The Government has committed to protecting 30% of UK land to boost biodiversity by 2030. As a result, people are much more aware of the need to increase biodiversity than they were a decade or so ago so now, surely, is the time for Long Ashton to join in.
Reading bad news, sitting at home alone can be overwhelming, however, working together to do something positive for nature in our parish will help restore our sense of community and give us a common purpose. Long Ashton is blessed with hotspots for nature – joining them up and linking up with work being done in other parishes nearby will give a major boost to local species, like skylarks, that are declining nationwide.