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MP backs 'Vote for Bob' nature campaign

August 28, 2014 10:28 AM

TF ruralSouth Lakes MP Tim Farron has signed up to support the RSPB's new campaign putting nature at the heart of the political agenda.

The 'Vote for Bob' campaign seeks to raise the issue of disappearing wildlife; for instance since 1977 house sparrow populations have declined by 64% and the number of hedgehogs has halved. It also highlights the decline in natural habitats; the majority of flower filled meadowland has been lost, taking bees and many insects with it.

Bob, the campaign's mascot, is a red squirrel, and he is encouraging people to stand up for nature and our natural world. MPs are being asked to sign up and support the campaign, signalling that they understand the importance of nature to our lives and that they will work to protect the natural environment.

Tim is one of only 26 MPs supporting the campaign.

Tim said: "I am very pleased to give my support to this very worthwhile campaign, particularly as Bob is a red squirrel and Cumbria is one of the final strongholds of our red squirrels.

"Many people in South Lakeland have contacted me about the campaign and I was delighted to back it and I will keep doing all I can to protect the unique landscape and bio-diversity we have."

The campaign website can be found here www.voteforbob.co.uk