Influencing policy

Influencing policy

Paul Harris/2020VISION

Protecting wildlife through policy

Manx Wildlife Trust is regularly asked to comment on a wide-range of issues that could affect our island's environment and wildlife. It has a number of detailed policy documents. You can view read and download a selection of our policy documents below.

Nature and Farming Policy 

Extract: Investing in nature represents a great return on investment, so supporting agricultural business and farmers to undertake land management for wildlife makes sense. MWT work with the Manx National Farmers Union (MNFU), IoM Government (DEFA) and farmers. The new IoM Agri-Environment scheme sets out the ambitions for the island. and we will be revising our MWT Nature and Farming Policy to align with the new Agri-Environment Scheme.

Herbicide Use on Reserves Policy

Extract:  Herbicides are designed to kill plants and are therefore potentially damaging to plants and animals. MWT would always look to minimise herbicide use, however, there are certain species of plant that have to be removed by law and others that present a difficulty for the successful management of the nature reserve and it may become necessary to adopt chemical control. 

Response to Climate Change

The Manx Wildlife Trust, along with all other Wildlife Trusts across the British Isles, aim to reduce climate change by positive action and nature-based solutions. MWT support the IoM Govt Climate Change Action Plan (linked here) and aim to work closely with IoM Government and other partners to mitigate the impact on our biodiversity.

Renewable Energy Position Statement and Policy 

Extract: The Manx Wildlife Trust acknowledges that renewable energy generation potentially has a key role in meeting the Island’s future energy needs in keeping with the government’s energy policy. Policy August 2013. 

Land Acquistion Policy 

Extract:  The Trust has agreed that management of land, as Nature Reserves, Wildlife Sites and Wildlife Gardens are a key means for it to protect Manx wildlife and engage people with nature. 

The main role of MWT Nature Reserves is the protection of semi-natural habitats and their flora and fauna. Some reserves also provide opportunities to demonstrate best conservation management practices and others to increase people’s appreciation and enjoyment of wildlife. 

Single Use Plastics Policy 

Extract: Reduction in the use of single use carrier bags (SUCBs) should bring benefits to our natural environment, both through reduction in direct threat to wildlife and resident/visitor appreciation of a cleaner countryside. 

Many other countries around the world, including all 4 UK countries, have decided to tackle the problem of SUCBs by introducing a compulsory charge to consumers. We would back a similar charge being introduced in the Isle of Man. 

Wildlife Photography Code of Conduct 

When photographing wildlife it is important to remember you are a guest in their environment. Therefore, always show respect and consideration for the environment, for the subjects of the photographs and other people. This code of conduct has been written to help you minimise any disturbance to the wildlife you may be photographing. The wellbeing of wildlife is always more important than the photograph.