A new report led by the RSPB, finds that 56 per cent of species have declined in the UK between 1970 and 2013.
The State of Nature Report 2016 brings together data and expertise from over 50 organisations, providing an update on how wildlife is faring across the UK; its seas, Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories.
It is pretty uncomfortable reading.
The UK is among the ‘most nature-depleted countries in the world’ with one in seven species facing extinction and more than half in decline.
The main cause is urbanisation, habitat distruction, changes to forest cover and management and the drainage of wetlands.
Intensive agriculture has had by the far the greatest negative affect on wildlife, accounting for nearly a quarter of the decline.
The report suggests that the UK has lost significantly more nature over the long term than the global average and warns that most of the country’s “ecosystems may no longer reliably meet society’s needs”.
Species at risk of extinction include the kingfisher, while the hedgehog, water vole, curlew, and turtle dove are all in decline.