Sadly, since we first met Badger, Ratty, and friends in 1908, the UK has become one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world. The Wildlife Trusts have re-imagined 'Wind in the Willows' in 2019, shedding light on some of the problems our wildlife faces every day. We've reached a point where our natural world is in critical condition and needs our help to put it into recovery. It's not too late to bring our wildlife back, but we must act now.
"I am backing The Wildlife Trusts’ campaign to rally people to secure a “wilder future” by restoring large areas of wildlife habitat, in city and country. What we create may not look exactly like the countryside that Kenneth Grahame drew such inspiration from, but our wildlife won’t mind just so long as it has the places it needs to live and thrive."
Sir David Attenborough
Badger, Ratty, Mole, and Toad
Watch our favourite characters as they begin their search for a wilder future.
Kenneth Grahame wrote 'Wind in the Willows' just over a hundred years ago. Since then, many of the UK's wild places, and the plants and animals that depend on them, have been lost. For example, 97% of lowland meadows and the beautiful wildflowers, insects, mammals, and birds that they supported have disappeared; 80% of our beautiful purple heathlands have vanished.
Kenneth Grahame's Ratty - the water vole - is the UK's most rapidly declining mammal and has been lost from 94% of places where they were once prevalent, and their range is continuing to contract. Toad is also finding that times are very tough: he has lost nearly 70% of his own kind in the last 30 years alone - and much more than that in the last century.
Together we can make the next chapter for wildlife a happier one.