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Friday 4 October 2019

No let-up in the loss of nature


bird feeders in a garden

The State of Nature 2019 report is out and it is not good news.

Wildlife continues to decline, according to the State of Nature 2019 report.

The State of Nature 2019 is produced by over 70 partners from conservation NGOs (including The RSPB, Wildlife Trusts and BTO), research institutes, and the UK and national governments. They assess the state of the UK’s wildlife, and try to relate this to the pressures on nature and the responses being made to help recovery.

Access the full report and summaries here State of Nature 2019 report

Over the last decade nearly half of the species for which there is data have shown strong changes in abundance, and nearly half have shown strong changes in distribution.

39% of species have decreased distribution and 32% have increased. Wildlife is undergoing rapid changes in distribution; the proportion of species showing strong changes in distribution – either increases or decreases – rose from 23% since 1970 to 45% over the past 10 years.

Climate change is driving widespread changes in the abundance, distribution and ecology of  England’s wildlife, and will continue to do so for decades or even centuries to come.

For a more detailed assesment of our area and for a little good news, see the BBOWT report here