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Wiltshire's nature in trouble, according to new report

  • Launched by Sir David Attenborough, study finds wildlife in decline
  • More than one in ten UK species threatened
  • Conservation organisations join forces to call on people to take action

It’s not too late to save UK nature but we must act now - that is the conclusion from a coalition of more than 50 leading wildlife and research organisations behind the State of Nature 2016 report.

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River Avon © Stephen Davis WWT

State of Nature 2016 report

Following on from the groundbreaking State of Nature report in 2013, leading professionals from 53 wildlife organisations have pooled expertise and knowledge to present the clearest picture to date of the status of our native species across land and sea.

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The report reveals that over half (56 per cent) of UK species studied have declined since 1970, while 15 per cent (1,199 of the nearly 8,000 species assessed in the UK) are under threat of disappearing from our shores altogether.

Dr Gary Mantle MBE, chief executive of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, said: “This report confirms what many have feared, that nature is under threat like never before.  It’s a tragedy that in a generation we have witnessed such a dramatic loss of wildlife.  Loss of our wildlife is not inevitable it’s the result of choices we make.  It’s time to make different choices and allow nature to recover.

“Species can be brought back from the edge of extinction: 30 years ago we had no otters in Wiltshire, now they are present in every river catchment in the county and are regularly seen on our nature reserves; downland and hay meadows that have disappeared with such speed can be restored and re-created resulting in fields full of wildflowers and an astonishing variety of insects, small mammals and birds.”

Cloatley meadows © David Kjaer

How we’ve been helping wildlife in Wiltshire

  • Protecting special places – the Trust manages 38 nature reserves across the county. These include 16 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
  • Recreating habitats – Blakehill Farm (restoration of hay meadows), Coombe Bissett (planned restoration of chalk downland), Wessex Chalk Stream Project (restoring Hampshire Avon)
  • Creating new wildlife sites – Langford Lakes nature reserve (gravel pits to lakes); Sandpool, part of Lower Moor Farm reserve complex (landfill to meadows)
  • Source to Sea project – removing invasive species from along the counties rivers to allow native species to thrive
  • Traditional habitat management – we use low intensity grazing on our meadows and use coppicing in our woodlands

The launch of State of Nature 2016

The State of Nature 2016 UK report was launched by Sir David Attenborough and UK conservation and research organisations at the Royal Society in London on Wednesday 14 September.

State of Nature Sir David Attenborough 2016