'We're losing wildlife at an alarming rate'. That's according to the first wideranging survey of the UK's native wildlife. 60% of the species studied are in decline. Scientists from 25 organisations including the RSPB took part in the research.
Click video. There's a stark warning that some of our most familiar wildlife could vanish from the countryside within decades. A comprehensive new survey by 25 conservation groups has revealed that 60% of species in our region are declining.
Birds, insects and mammals are all affected. Habitat loss and climate change among the causes. So is it too late to save the South East's wildlife? Malcolm Shaw has been finding out
Sir David Attenborough, who is launching the Study of Nature report, called it a "stark warning" but also "a sign of hope".
Sir David said: "For 60 years I have travelled the world exploring the wonders of nature and sharing that wonder with the public. But as a boy my first inspiration came from discovering the UK's own wildlife.
"Our islands have a rich diversity of habitats which support some truly amazing plants and animals.
"We should all be proud of the beauty we find on our own doorstep; from bluebells carpeting woodland floors and delicately patterned fritillary butterflies, to the graceful basking shark and the majestic golden eagle soaring over the Scottish mountains.
A major new study including researchers from Sussex and Dorset says that British wildlife is in a 'serious state of decline' with almost 2,000 species reducing in size over the past century.
The Butterfly Conservation in Dorset reports that three quarters of all butterfly species have seen a decline. The RSPB says that Britain has lost around 44 million breeding birds since the late sixties.
The State of Nature report featured research from 25 wildlife organisations across the UK.