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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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Rare chimp birth announced at Edinburgh Zoo

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 The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) welcomed the birth of a critically endangered western chimpanzee on Monday 3 February at Edinburgh Zoo's Budongo Trail.

The baby girl will be named in the coming days through a public vote, and staff will carry out a paternity test during its first health check to determine the father.

Mother Heleen's first infant, Velu, was born in 2014, making this new baby only the second chimpanzee born in Scotland for more than 20 years.

Budongo Trail team leader Donald Gow said: "While we celebrate every birth, this one is particularly special because our new arrival is a critically endangered Western chimpanzee, a rare subspecies of chimpanzee."

Image (c) RZSS/Donald Gow. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.