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Region's wildlife disappearing

'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.

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Two thousand British species 'in serious decline'

British hedgehogs have declined in numbers Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

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.

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