Protected areas and nature recovery in the UK

The launch event for a BES report examining Boris Johnson’s pledge to protect 30% of land by 2030

Lake District National Park
Lake District National Park Shutterstock/Michael Conrad

Friday 22 April 10:30 – 12:00 UK time
Free and open to all

A new report from the British Ecological Society examines the Prime Minister’s pledge to protect 30% of UK land and seas by 2030 to support nature recovery.

Our National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and other protected areas have the potential to help reverse declines in British plants and wildlife.

The BES report looks at the role protected areas play in supporting nature and determines what is needed to meet the ‘30×30’ target.

Join our launch event for the report’s publication at 10:30 UK time on 22 April 2022 and hear the conclusions from the experts involved.


This event will be hosted by BES President, Yadvinder Malhi and chaired by Guardian Environment Editor, Damian Carrington.

There will be talks from Joseph Bailey (York St John University), Jane K. Hill (University of York), Rick Stafford (Bournemouth University) and Rebecca K. Turner (UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology; University of Kent), followed by a Q&A.

Watch the event