It is great that the National Trust is getting on board with reversing species declines. The amount of land the trust manages could mean that the plans have a big impact in the countryside. However, it will be difficult to roll back the damaging effects of agricultural intensification, especially without losing productivity or alienating farmers. The plan does not go into much detail about how the aims will be achieved so it will be interesting to see how the National Trust intends to execute its vision.
Under plans unveiled on Monday, the National Trust has pledged to try to reverse this decline, through its own actions and working with partners. It is one of the biggest land managers in the UK, numbering hundreds of tenant farmers among its estates, as well as woodland, beauty spots, coastline, rivers and historic properties.