The State of Nature

The State of Nature - UK and Ireland : A new report has been launched today, assessing The State of Nature in the UK. Put together by a range of wildlife and conservation organisations, and drawing on a wealth of data including records from the recording schemes that iSpot works with, this n

A new report has been launched today, assessing "The State of Nature" in the UK. Put together by a range of wildlife and conservation organisations, and drawing on a wealth of data including records from the recording schemes that iSpot works with, this new report provides a comprehensive view of what's happening to our wildlife.

And what it highlights, sadly, is that wildlife in the UK continues to fare rather poorly overall, with 60% of species in decline. There is good news as well, such as the welcome spread of otters back to many counties from which they had been lost, but the report as a whole calls for greater efforts and better-coordinated action to try and reverse the declines.

For further details and to download the full report go to:
http://www.rspb.org.uk/ourwork/science/stateofnature/index.aspx

As report author Dr Mark Eaton says:
"None of this work would have been possible without the army of volunteer wildlife enthusiasts who spend their spare time surveying species and recording their findings. Our knowledge of nature in the UK would be significantly poorer without these unsung heroes. And that knowledge is the most essential tool that conservationists have."

Wildlife observations on iSpot feed in to many of the recording schemes that have contributed to this report.

22 May 2013
Martin Harvey