Help secure our Wildlife's future, The state of our nature report 2016.
The state of the UK's wildlife populations and the troubles they face, a major report by the State of Nature partnership, a coalition of 53 nature organisations who helped compile the report. results show that in the last 50 years that over half of UK species have declined and of the 8000 species studied one in ten is at risk of extinction.
(Pictured - Robin taken 2018 at Leighton moss by James Green)
The government’s has it's own assessment that they published in August 2016, and found that much of British wildlife is in severe decline with 75% of over 200 “priority” species across the country falling in numbers.
(Pictured - The Water Vole © Wikimedia commons.)
The water vole, for example, is on the increase, this semi-aquatic rodent sometimes know as the water rat and is thought to be the animal where Ratty was born from in the wind in the willows story, it lives in burrows its excavated in the bank of our rivers.
These endangered and magnificent little creatures, living on the edge but due to targeted conservation efforts they have just started increasing in numbers, but they were once one of Britain's fasting declining species with numbers dropping by a worryingly 90% between 1989 and 1998.
This was down to a few factors poor river management, pollutants from farming and industry as well as the incidental introduction of the American mink that loves to predate on them and put pressure on water vole numbers.
( Pictured - American Mink living in the UK landscape -© Wikimedia commons)
A spokeswoman for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), said: “Our natural environment is cleaner and healthier than at any time since the industrial revolution - woodland cover in England is at its highest level since the 14th century, we have improved water quality in 9,000 miles of rivers since 2010, and in the last five years almost 19,000 miles of hedgerow have been planted.”
But. still we are still seeing a declining trend in species populations in all these habitats, Britain best loved species are disappearing at an alarming rate.
Another of the nations favourite, the rural red fox has seen a decline in numbers down to habitat loss and coming into contact with humans and human persecution.
The National Trusts head of nature conservation, David Bullock, says: “We need to ensure that wildlife has space to move through our countryside. Many farmers are already making positive changes, benefiting wildlife on their farms. But, as a nation, we can do more.”
There seems to be some encouraging noises that are coming out from the authorities but much more needed groundwork conservation needs to happen which we all need to campaign and encourage to happen.
Once it's gone it's gone, lets do something good for wildlife in 2019