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Report shows sharp decline in UK’s wildlife populations
The State of Nature Report was compiled by more than 70 conservation charities, research institutions and government organisations.

Butterflies, moths and mammals hit particularly hard

UK wildlife populations have fallen by 41 per cent since 1970, according to a report published by the National Biodiversity Network.


The State of Nature 2019 report also reveals more than a quarter of species in the UK are facing extinction. The cause of the losses on land are attributed to the intensification of farming, pollution and the destruction of habitats for housing. 

Unsustainable fishing and climate change are thought to be having the most significant impact at sea.  

Lead author Daniel Hayhow said: “We know more about the UK’s wildlife than any other country on the planet, and what it is telling us should make us sit up and listen. We need to respond more urgently across the board if we are to put nature back where it belongs.”

The State of Nature Report was compiled by more than 70 conservation charities, research institutions and government organisations. It presents, for the first time, the clearest picture to data on the state of the UK’s biodiversity. 


Butterflies and moths have been hit particularly hard, with numbers down by 17 per cent and 25 per cent respectively. The populations of species that require more specialised habitats, such as the high brown fritillary and grayling, have fallen by more than three quarters.


The UK’s mammal populations also fare badly, with more than 26 per cent of species at risk of disappearing altogether. The greater mouse-eared bat and the wild cat, for example, are teetering on the brink of extinction.

Daniel Hayhow continues: “In this report we have drawn on the best available data on the UK’s biodiversity, produced by partnerships between conservation NGOs, research institutes, UK and national governments, and thousands of dedicated volunteers. It’s through working together that we can help nature recover but the battle must intensify.”

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AWF Student Grant open for submissions

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 Applications are open for the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) Student Grant Scheme for innovative research projects designed to impact animal welfare.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students of veterinary science, veterinary nursing, agriculture studies and animal welfare are invited to submit their proposals to undertake research projects next year.

Grants are decided based on the project’s innovation, relevance to topical animal welfare issues and ability to contribute towards raising animal welfare standards. For more information visit animalwelfarefoundation.org.uk.  

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In a new animated film, the celebrities raise awareness by showing the solidarity of the UK's own working animals on strike. A sniffer dog (Brian Blessed), police horse (Peter Egan) and sheepdog (Deborah Meaden) are shown ignoring their duties and protesting in solidarity with animals in developing countries.

SPANA chef executive Geoffrey Dennis said: "We are so grateful to Deborah, Peter and Brian for lending their voices to our new film, and for speaking up for millions of working animals overseas. SPANA believes that a life of work should not mean a life of suffering, and it is only thanks to people’s generosity and support that we can continue our vital work improving the lives of these animals."