New mayor needs to show wild side – charities
FIVE leading wildlife charities have joined forces to urge Bristol's mayoral candidates to include environmental issues in their plans for the city's future.
While candidates have focussed on transport, a new arena and a living wage, relatively little has been said about wildlife and its benefits for people, the city and business.
Steve Micklewright, a director at Avon Wildlife Trust, said: "It is crucial that the Bristol mayoral candidates have an understanding of these issues and pledge their support for wildlife, nature and the environment.
"We want a 'wild mayor' who cares about nature and values its importance for people and for business."
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Mark Robins, regional policy officer for the RSPB, said: "We all need nature. Losses in the natural world are our losses, gains are our gains.
"Bristol is a great city, but to make sure we gain rather than lose will need leadership and drive.
"Having a 'wild mayor' who understands the innumerable ways wildlife enhances our lives, and is prepared to step up for nature, will make all the difference."
Three other charities have joined the campaign for a wild mayor – the National Trust, CPRE and the Woodland Trust.