Wednesday, 22 May 2013

UK State of Nature report 2013

The ground-breaking "State of Nature" report launched today on the International Day for Biological Diversity. 25 wildlife organisations have compiled a stock take of our native species that reveals that 2 out of 3 insects are declining.

UK nature is in serious trouble – that is the conclusion of a ground-breaking report published today by a coalition of leading conservation and research organisations. The report is published on the same day that the United Nations has proclaimed International Day for Biological Diversity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

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 said: “This ground-breaking report is a stark warning – but it is also a sign of hope. This report shows that our species are in trouble, with many declining at a worrying rate. However, we have in this country a network of passionate conservation groups supported by millions of people who love wildlife. The experts have come together today to highlight the amazing nature we have around us and to ensure that it remains here for generations to come.”

The full report can be viewed here

Find out more about International Day for Biological Diversity here

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