The widespread decline of nature in the UK remains a serious problem to this day. For the first time scientists have uncovered how wildlife has fared in recent years. The report reveals that since 2002 more than half (53%) of UK species studied have declined and there is little evidence to suggest that the rate of loss is slowing down.
Mark Eaton, lead author on the report, said: “Never before have we known this much about the state of UK nature and the threats it is facing. Since the 2013, the partnership and many landowners have used this knowledge to underpin some amazing scientific and conservation work. But more is needed to put nature back where it belongs – we must continue to work to help restore our land and sea for wildlife. There is a real opportunity for the UK Government and devolved administrations to build on these efforts and deliver the significant investment and ambitious action needed to bring nature back from the brink. Of course, this report wouldn’t have been possible without the army of dedicated volunteers who brave all conditions to survey the UK’s wildlife. Knowledge is the most essential tool that a conservationist can have, and without their efforts, our knowledge would be significantly poorer.”
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The Southern Damselfly is now only found in three sites in Wales, with habitat loss the main factor in the species decline. The British Dragonfly Society is working with partners to restore this habitat and retain the species. Find out about some of our Southern Damselfly in Wales projects here.
The White-faced Darter was reduced to only three sites in England by 2005. Together with other State of Nature partners, the British Dragonfly Society has worked to re-introduce this species to lost sites. Find out about one of these projects here.