Welsh wildlife 'facing crisis'

A new report from a coalition of leading conservation and research organisations says that Wales' wildlife is in crisis. The State of Nature report found that over one in 10 of all the species assess are under threat of extinction.

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Calls for action to stem wildlife decline

The report - the first of its kind in Wales - will be officially launched in Cardiff tonight.

Wales is blessed with some fantastic and unique wildlife, but it is declining, the pressures it faces are growing, and our responses are not ambitious enough. The next decade is a tipping point and we must act in order to make a difference; otherwise we will see the extinction of species at a local level not seen before in Wales.

– Dr Trevor Dines, Plantlife Cymru

We are challenging Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales to put more of an emphasis on biodiversity, and to put energy and resources into helping wildlife, so that we can better understand the state of nature in Wales.

– Katie-jo Luxton, RSPB Cymru Director

Plants, butterflies and birds in decline

The State of Nature report found that recent environmental changes are having a 'dramatic impact' on the nature of the UK's land and seas. It also found evidence that species with specific habitat requirements are faring worse than those that can better adapt to a changing environment.

Other findings include:

  • Over one in seven plants in Wales are considered threatened
  • 63% of Welsh butterflies are declining
  • More than a third of all woodland species assessed are in decline.
  • The number of breeding upland wading birds, such as curlew, lapwing and golden plover, have declined by more than 75% in recent decades

But the report also found that some species are on the increase, including hen harriers, black grouse and bats.

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'Crisis point' for Wales' wildlife

The loss of flower-rich habitat such as meadows and pastures have led to a decline in the bee population Credit: RSPB/Will George

Wildlife in Wales is at crisis point, according to a report published today. The State of Nature report, which has been compiled by organisations including the RSPB and wildlife trusts, found that over one in 10 of all the species assess are under threat of extinction.

The report found 63% of Welsh butterflies are declining Credit: Butterfly Conservation/Martin Warren

The report states that the decline of species is due to loss of habitat, changing in farming, development, climate change and the impact of non-native species.

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