Thursday, 23 May 2013

Sixty per cent of UK species in decline, groundbreaking study finds

25 organisations worked together on The State of Nature
May 2013. UK nature is in trouble - that is the conclusion of a ground-breaking report published by a coalition of leading conservation and research organisations.

60% of species have declined
Scientists working side-by-side from 25 wildlife organisations have compiled a stock take of our native species - the first of its kind in the UK. The report reveals that 60% 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.

Sir David Attenborough
The State of Nature report was launched by Sir David Attenborough and UK conservation charities at the Natural History Museum in London. Sir David Attenborough said: "This ground-breaking report is a stark warning - but it is also a sign of hope. For 60 years I have travelled the world exploring the wonders of nature and sharing that wonder with the public. But as a boy my first inspiration came from discovering the UK's own wildlife.

"Our islands have a rich diversity of habitats which support some truly amazing plants and animals. We should all be proud of the beauty we find on our own doorstep; from bluebells carpeting woodland floors and delicately patterned fritillary butterflies, to the graceful basking shark and the majestic golden eagle soaring over the Scottish mountains.

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