DEFRA secretary Hilary Benn has announced a £2m scheme to boost wildlife conservation in England’s countryside.

A £750,000 campaign has been launched to increase conservation volunteering, offering opportunities for people to help with projects such as planting.

DEFRA is also giving over £1m to improve recording of wildlife across England which will increase the number of wildlife records available to the public.

Speaking at the launch of the Countryside Survey, Mr Benn said while more people were getting involved in conservation, the number was still low.

“Conserving biodiversity is not something government can do alone and I want more people to have the opportunity to protect and take pride in their local wildlife and landscape.”