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14th September 2016

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.

The Vincent Wildlife Trust is one of 53 wildlife organisations that have pooled expertise and knowledge to present the clearest picture to date of the status of our native species across land and sea. The report reveals that over half (56%) of UK species studied have declined since 1970, while more than one in ten (1,199 species) of the nearly 8000 species assessed in the UK are under threat of disappearing from our shores altogether.

The report also contains inspiring examples of conservation action that is helping to turn the tide, including our Pine Marten Recovery Project on page 31.

The State of Nature 2016 UK report launched today by Sir David Attenborough and UK conservation and research organisations at the Royal Society in London, while separate events will be held in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast over the next week.

Sir David Attenborough said:

The natural world is in serious trouble and it needs our help as never before. The rallying call issued after the State of Nature report in 2013 has promoted exciting and innovative conservation projects. Landscapes are being restored, special places defended, struggling species being saved and brought back. But we need to build significantly on this progress if we are to provide a bright future for nature and for people.’

Read the full copy of the State of Nature 2016 report and find out how you can do your bit to save UK wildlife.

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