Conservation and sustainability
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Working side-by-side, 25 wildlife organisations have compiled a stock take of all our native wildlife.
The report reveals that 60 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.
The report reveals that the UK’s nature is in trouble - overall we are losing wildlife at an alarming rate.
These declines are happening across all countries and UK Overseas Territories, habitats and species groups, although it is probably greatest amongst insects, such as our moths, butterflies and beetles. Other once common species like the lesser spotted woodpecker, barbastelle bat and hedgehog are vanishing before our eyes.
Reliable data on these species goes back just fifty years, at most, but we know that there has been a historical pattern of loss in the UK going back even further. Threats including sweeping habitat loss, changes to the way we manage our countryside, and the more recent impact of climate change, have had a major impact on our wildlife, and they are not going away.
Principal Conservation Scientist
Head of Species Monitoring and Research
The State of Nature report is a collaboration between 25 UK conservation and research organisations.
The State of Nature in the UK and its Overseas Territories.
Date: 22 May 2013Authors: State of Nature partnership
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