Help to save our wildlife

The RSPB has today launched a campaign to help tackle the housing crisis facing our threatened wildlife. Londoners' contribution is vital in securing homes for animals in the capital.

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The growing problem as green spaces shrink

As urban sprawl and city development increases, the countryside is taken over. Now the RSPB says more needs to be done by each of us to help those species under threat. It's asking us all to create habitats to nurture our wildlife.

"Gardens provide a valuable lifeline for species like starlings, toads, hedgehogs and butterflies, which are struggling to find homes in the wider countryside.

"Although the overall problem is huge, the solution can start on a small scale, right on our doorsteps. It doesn't matter what sort of garden you have, what size it is, or even if you have no garden at all, we need everyone to help by turning their outside space into a wildlife haven.

– Mike Clarke, Chief Executive of the RSPB

"Our aim is to provide one million homes for nature across the UK, because if there's no home for nature, then there's no nature - it really is that serious."

– Mike Clarke, Chief Executive of the RSPB

A call to arms over our struggling wildlife

More warnings our hedgehogs are in trouble Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Conservationists are calling for help to save the struggling wildlife habitats in London.

It comes following a report by a coalition of wildlife organisations which found that 60% of species that had been studied had suffered declines in the past few decades.

Ladybirds in a daffodil Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Those in trouble include starlings, hedgehogs, some species of butterfly and ladybird. They are all in danger of further declines without work to provide them with better habitats, according to the RSPB, one of the wildlife groups behind the State of Nature report.

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