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In a year when the world faced the ongoing pressures of the global pandemic and the accelerating impacts of our warming planet, we called on everyone urgently to join the fight for our world.

We’re incredibly grateful that despite the continuing challenges, more people than ever chose to support our work, with more than 500,000 of you becoming new supporters.

This vital backing led to many successes, such as helping us deliver the Leaders’ Pledge for Nature, through which more than 80 presidents and prime ministers have committed by 2030 to reverse nature loss and protect 30% of land and seas. We launched a hugely successful Land for Life appeal to support vital community efforts to help people and wildlife thrive together in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. We won commitments from the UK government on nature restoration and sustainable agriculture. Our hard-hitting film, David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet, launched on Netflix – inspiring many people to start conversations in their communities on how to mend humanity’s broken relationship with nature. And we created Call of Wild – a podcast series that digs deep into the issues affecting our planet and explains how we can all make a difference.

Read on to find out about all this and much more – including our full financial review.

Our achievements and performance

How we’ve fared this year in each of our main goals to help us halt the loss of nature.

Creating a sustainable food system

We’re fighting to reform our food system, to halt nature loss and ensure the UK leads a global transformation to sustainable production and consumption of food. This year our priorities included supporting national food strategies in the UK and a reduction of the UK footprint – particularly on soy and palm oil. And we were determined to make the most of opportunities to influence the UK’s Environment Bill.  

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Averting dangerous climate change

In the run-up to the UN climate summit, COP26, we helped deliver powerful messages on the urgent need for world leaders to act. We pushed for the UK government to commit to creating a finance sector aligned to the Paris Agreement. We made the case for a ‘net zero test’ on public spending, to support a green recovery. And we developed an exciting citizen science project, Walrus from Space.  

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Restoring threatened habitats and species

We’re working to halt the loss of habitats and restore natural life-support systems for people and wildlife in some of the world’s most special places. We’ve supported local NGOs and indigenous groups in Brazil to strengthen monitoring and defence of their rainforest territories. We report on examples from Africa, Asia and Latin America of our support for landscape and seascape programmes and on our work with communities who live alongside wildlife, many of whom have faced increased hardship as a result of Covid-19.  

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Growing support

We exceeded our income target, with notable successes such as our Christmas appeal, and we’ve increased our active supporter numbers thanks to innovations including our award-winning My Footprint app. Find out about our new major partnerships with HSBC and Reckitt, and how we made the most of the many opportunities as we released our landmark film, David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet.

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Financial review

Here’s a summary of our income and expenditure for the year ending 30 June 2021, along with equivalent figures for the previous year.  

Read more detail in our full Financial Statements.