UK Wildlife - not in such a good state...
by Helen Steiger
What's Going On Here?
UK wildlife continues to be in decline, according to the State of Nature Report published this week. Since 1970, we have continuously lost nature, with 41% of species (plants and animals) decreasing in number.
What Does This Mean?
The report is an update from the 2016 report, but was a much larger undertaking than previous years. For the 2019 report, over 70 environmental organisations and research organisations collaborated and used their expertise to provide ‘the clearest picture to date of the status of our (the UK’s) species across land and seas".
As well as measuring species abundance and the number of critically endangered species (according to international standards), the report also detailed the main drivers of this decline. These included climate change (surprise surprise), modern-day farming methods (we no likey pesticides here!) and other common suspects such as pollution and invasive species.
Why Should We Care?
However, rather than see this report as a sorrowful news story, it is also a source of inspiration and hope. There are so many opportunities to conserve nature and encourage wildlife within the UK. Already we have seen otters reintroduced into less polluted waters and the fen raft spider pulled back from extinction through the restoration of its habitat! The report also shows that time donated by volunteers towards conservation projects has increased by a whopping 41% since 2000 - may it continue to rise!
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