2016 State of Nature Report shows continued degradation of UK biodiversity

11 October by Alan Jarque


The 2016 State of Nature report published last month reports that the UK are not doing enough to protect the environment and species within.

15% of our native species are under threat of extinction with 53% of species in decline.

Intensive farming, a growing population, a 32 per cent reduction in funding for conservation and the threat of climate change are all putting increased pressure on our natural habitat and wildlife.

The report collates information from more than 50 nature conservation and research organisations to give a up-to-the-minute overview of the UK, its seas, crown dependencies and overseas territories; Concluding that current conservation efforts to reverse the decline are insufficient to put nature 'back where it belongs'. 

Shockingly, a new measure that assesses how intact a country's biodiversity is, suggests that the UK has lost significantly more nature over the long term than the global average. The index suggests that we are amongst the most nature-depleted countries in the world.

However, the report also says; "We are fortunate that the UK has thousands of dedicated and expert volunteers recording wildlife. It is largely thanks to their efforts, and the role of the organisations supporting them, that we are able to chart how our nature is faring."

Sir David Attenborough, who writes the foreword, concludes on a positive note, saying; "The 'State of Nature' 2016 report gives us cause for hope too. The rallying call issued in 2013 has been met with 
a myriad of exciting and innovative conservation projects.

"Landscapes are being restored, special places defended, and struggling species are being saved and brought back. Such successes demonstrate that if conservationists, governments, businesses and individuals all pull together, we can provide a brighter future for nature and for people."

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