Warning about the future of our wildlife

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A STUDY has shown that wildlife in our area is in decline.

The State of Nature report has been launched by Sir David Attenborough and UK conservation charities.

Scientists have compiled a stocktake of our native species.

The report reveals that 60 per cent of the species studied have declined over recent decades. The native white clawed crayfish has declined by 95 per cent since the 1970s.

And the marsh fritillary butterfly is now extinct.

Chris Corrigan, RSPB South East regional director, said: ‘The south east’s wildlife reflects the declines that this new report highlights.

‘The region has consistently shown the greatest declines in both the farmland and woodland bird indicator lists and there is nothing to suggest that these declines are slowing.

‘The RSPB, together with a whole range of other conservation bodies and, perhaps more importantly individual landowners, is working hard to protect the wildlife that we have left – and make sure that it is around for future generations to enjoy.’