The State of Nature

It’s not too late to save nature in the UK, but we must act now to protect the future of our wildlife - that is the conclusion from a coalition of more than 50 leading wildlife and research organisations behind the State of Nature 2016 report.

Following on from the ground-breaking State of Nature report in 2013, leading professionals from 53 conservation organisations, including The Wildlife Trusts, have pooled expertise and knowledge to present the clearest picture to date of the status of our native species across land and sea.

The report shows more clearly than ever before that nature is in serious decline across the UK. More than half (56%) of UK species studied are in decline, while more than one in ten (1,199 species) of the nearly 8,000 species assessed in the UK are under threat of disappearing from our shores altogether.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. Some species are actually doing well: otters are catching fish again in our cleaner rivers; red kites soar over much of the countryside; and bitterns boom in our reedbeds. Butterflies like silver-spotted skippers and large blues are faring well, as are plants like the fantastically named fig-leaved goosefoot.

The rallying call issued after the State of Nature report in 2013 has promoted exciting and innovative conservation projects that are helping to turn the tide. From pioneering science that has revealed for the first time the reasons why nature is changing in the UK, to conservation action – such as the reintroductions of the pine marten and large blue butterfly, and the restoration of areas of our uplands, meadows and coastal habitats – the State of Nature Partnership is actively working to bring nature back from the brink.

But we need to build significantly on this progress if we are to provide a bright future for nature and for people.

As the UK Government and devolved administrations move forward in the light of the EU Referendum result, there is an opportunity to secure world leading protection for our species and restoration of our nature. Now is the time to make ambitious decisions and significant investment in nature to ensure year-on-year improvement to the health and protection of the UK’s nature and environment for future generations.

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