Act now to save Hampshire’s threatened species

Stuart Hill (left) and his brother Jason Hill, who both died in the Grand Canyon helicopter crash. Picture: Family handout/PA Wire

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SCIENTISTS are demanding action to safeguard Hampshire’s threatened species following an influential government report.

The government’s England Biodiversity Strategy, announced last week, has been welcomed by the RSPB, but experts say it must be followed up with an urgent programme of action.

The RSPB has warned that despite the good intentions the strategy will not do enough to save species threatened with extinction.

Steve Gilbert, from the RSPB, said: ‘We strongly support the aim of turning round the declines in our wildlife by 2020 and this is an opportunity to put a spotlight on the future of our wildlife.

‘We would like to see it spearheading better management of wildlife sites and lead to new action for species that are in most trouble. This will mean tailoring help to species’ needs. In Hampshire we would want to see protection for the places where Lapwings breed and making sure we have ideal conditions for other threatened wildlife such as our woodland butterflies.’