The UK’s nature is in trouble. For the first time ever all of the UK’s leading wildlife organisations have joined forces to undertake a health check on the state of the country’s nature. RSPB will be publishing the “State of Nature” report today, pulled together by a coalition of leading conservation and research organisations, of which ARC is a partner. This report is based on data gathered by an army of thousands of dedicated and passionate volunteers in their spare time. The report makes it clear that we cannot save wildlife with nature reserves alone; there must be a change in the way we tackle this problem in the future, for both the environment and our own good. All parts of society have a role to play, from farmers and conservationists, to politicians and business leaders, to the public.
The report will be launched tonight by Sir David Attenborough at the Natural History Museum in London. It reveals that 60% of the species studied have declined over recent decades. More than one in ten of all species assessed are under threat of disappearing. This trend is mirrored in Surrey and across the south east of England. ARC’s Matthew Dowse will be discussing this with BBC Radio Surrey at 8.05am this morning – tune in to hear more.
Catch up with the State of Nature Report on BBC Breakfast from 6am this morning where ARC’s Conservation Director, Jim Foster, will be on the sofa. You can follow developments at #naturesintrouble and you can read the report at www.rspb.org.uk/stateofnature