Warning UK nature 'in trouble'

Conservationists are calling for the creation of a "million homes for nature" in gardens and open spaces amid concerns about struggling UK wildlife. The Giving Nature a Home campaign is backed by TV homes expert Linda Barker.

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RSPB: 'Nature in the UK is in trouble'

Nature in the UK is in trouble and some of our more familiar garden species are amongst those suffering serious declines.

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

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


Report: 72% of UK's butterflies in decline

  • The state of the UK’s butterflies (2011) concluded that 72% of species had decreased over the previous ten years, including common “garden” butterflies that had declined by 24%.
  • The state of the UK’s birds (2012) reported that the UK has lost in the region of 44 million breeding birds since the late 1960s.
  • In 2012, Our Vanishing Flora looked at the extinction of plants from counties across the UK in the 20th century, and found widespread losses.
  • In 16 counties, one plant species went extinct every other year.
  • The state of Britain’s mammals (2011) highlighted the decline of hedgehogs, the ongoing loss of red squirrels and the recovery of otters.

Source: www.rspb.org.uk

Calls to create habitats to protect UK wildlife

Conservationists are calling for the creation of a "million homes for nature" in gardens and open spaces to in a move to protect UK's struggling wildlife.

People are being encouraged to build homes for the UK's struggling wildlife. Credit: PA

The call 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.

Garden favourites from starlings to hedgehogs as well as some species of butterfly and ladybird were among those creatures in trouble.

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.

The RSPB is encouraging people to take steps such as putting up nest boxes, planting wildflowers or digging ponds in their gardens to help wildlife. The charity hopes the public will create a million new homes for nature under the scheme.

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