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The State of Nature 2016

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Working side-by-side, over 50 wildlife organisations have compiled a stock take of all our native wildlife.

The report reveals that 56 per cent of the species studied have declined over recent decades. More than one in ten of all the species assessed are under threat of disappearing from our shores altogether.

However, the report illustrates that targeted conservation has produced inspiring success stories and, with sufficient determination, resources and public support, we can turn the fortunes of our wildlife around.

This report builds on the previous State of Nature report to further highlight the need for conservation projects across the UK, UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies.

Project objectives

  • To work in collaboration with partners to assess the State of Nature in the UK, UKOTs and Crown Dependencies and to diagnose the causes of wildlife decline.
  • To demonstrate how the conservation sector is tackling wildlife declines by highlighting past successful conservation projects that have benefited habitats and species.
  • To showcase the fantastic job that the thousands of dedicated and expert volunteers do in gathering the data that makes up the State of Nature 2016 report and to create interest and inspire individuals to take action to reverse declines.

Key dates so far

  • On 14 September 2016 a partnership of over 53 organisations published The State of Nature report 2016. A series of events were hosted across the UK to launch the report.

Work planned or underway

Leading professionals from 53 wildlife organisations have pooled expertise and knowledge to present the clearest picture to date of the status of our native species across land and sea. The report reveals that over half (56%) of UK species assessed have declined since 1970, while more than one in ten (1,199 species) of the nearly 8000 species assessed in the UK are under threat of disappearing from our shores altogether.

Following on from the groundbreaking State of Nature report in 2013, the State of Nature report 2016 includes;

  • Data for more species and taxonomic groups than the original 2013 report.
  • The longer term period of change (1970 – 2013) provides a context for the new shorter (2002 – 2013) analysis.
  • Case studies showing how conservation is helping nature.
  • An analysis of the drivers of change which will quantify the severity of different drivers.
  • Calls for individuals, organisations and governments to work together to stop the loss and bring nature back from the brink.

Contact

Daniel Hayhow

Daniel Hayhow

Conservation Scientist

Mark Eaton

Mark Eaton

Principal Conservation Scientist

Richard Gregory

Richard Gregory

Head of Species Monitoring and Research

Fiona Burns

Fiona Burns

Conservation Scientist

Partners

A Focus On Nature, A Rocha, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Association of Local Environmental Records Centres, Ballinderry Rivers Trust, Bat Conservation Ireland, Bat Conservation Trust, Biodiversity Ireland, Biological Records Centre, Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, British Bryological Society, British Dragonfly Society, British Lichen Society, British Pteridological Society, British Trust for Ornithology, Buglife, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Centre for Environmental Data and Recording, Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Earthwatch, Freshwater Habitats Trust, Friends of the Earth, Froglife, Fungus Conservation Trust, iSpot, Jersey Government Department of the Environment, John Muir Trust, Mammal Society, Local Records Centres Wales, Manx BirdLife, Marine Biological Association, MARINELife, Marine Conservation Society, Marine Ecosystems Research Programme, National Biodiversity Data Centre, National Biodiversity Network, National Forum for Biological Recording, National Trust, National Trust for Scotland, Natural History Museum, Northern Ireland Bat Group, Northern Ireland Marine Task Force, ORCA, People’s Trust for Endangered Species, Plantlife, PREDICTS, Rothamsted Research, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Scottish Badgers, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Shark Trust, States of Guernsey, Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science, Ulster Wildlife, University of Sheffield, Vincent Wildlife Trust, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Wildlife Trusts, Woodland Trust, WWF, Zoological Society of London.

Related publications:

State of Nature 2016

State of Nature 2016

The State of Nature in the UK and its Overseas Territories.

Authors: State of Nature partnership

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State of Nature 2016 England report

State of Nature 2016 England report

The State of Nature in England.

Authors: State of Nature partnership

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State of Nature 2016 Scotland report

State of Nature 2016 Scotland report

The State of Nature in Scotland.

Authors: State of Nature partnership

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State of Nature 2016 Wales report

State of Nature 2016 Wales report

The State of Nature in Wales.

Authors: State of Nature partnership

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State of Nature 2016 Wales report - Welsh

State of Nature 2016 Wales report - Welsh

The State of Nature in Wales.

Authors: State of Nature partnership

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State of Nature 2016 Northern Ireland report

State of Nature 2016 Northern Ireland report

The State of Nature in Northern Ireland.

Authors: State of Nature partnership

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State of Nature 2016 supplementary material

State of Nature 2016 supplementary material

State of Nature 2016 supplementary material

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State of Nature 2016 - results look up tables

State of Nature 2016 - results look up tables

This document presents tables of the results referred to in the report in an easy to access format. All data presented here feature in the report in the text or graphics.

Authors: State of Nature partnership

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