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Published - 22/05/2013

State of Nature report must be acted upon says conservation groups

MCS among coalition calling on the Prime Minister to take action now   

MCS supports the State of Nature report launched today by Sir David Attenborough which reveals that 60% of UK wildlife species are in decline.

MCS Chief Executive, Sam Fanshawe, is among the heads of leading UK conservation organisations, putting their names to a letter calling on David Cameron to act now for nature.

In a letter, the groups call on more funding for wildlife schemes: "...tackling the environmental crisis through all areas of Government spending and embarking on an ambitious programme of research and assessment into species declines."

Photo: Janice Alamanou

Marine headlines

*The report says "we urgently need an ecologically coherent network of Marine Protected Areas which will allow the marine environment to recover" and says they are long overdue

*UK Seabirds have had mixed fortunes since 2000, with some species showing sharp declines. Harbour seals have also declined significantly, especially in Scotland.

*The state of UK fish stocks has improved recently, but overall, 75% of EU fish stocks continue to be overfished. Skates and rays are no longer viable commercial species in many areas

*Coastal water quality at a national level greatly improved in the late 20th century, due to urban waste-water treatment. However, agricultural run-off remains and issue in some areas and plastic pollution is a persistant problem in all areas.

Colleen the Quahog

MCS created Colleen as one of our marine characters to help promote the need for MPAs. Now the ocean quahog gets a mention in the State of Nature report as one of the marine headlines:

The report highlights the damage done to sub-tidal marine sediment habitats particularly by bottom-trawl and scallop dredge gear and identifies: "Such activities can have huge impacts on bottom-dwellers such as the ocean quahog, a remarkable bivalve mollusc that can live for 500 years. At a more local scale, these activities also damage sensitive features, such as maerl beds and seagrass, that shelter a range of wildlife."


The report

The full State of Nature report, plus a one page summary.

State of Nature report

State of Nature report

6.93Mb, PDF

The State of Nature in the UK and its Overseas Territories.

Date: 22 May 2013


State of Nature report - Summary

State of Nature report - Summary

1.19Mb, PDF

A one page summary detailing the headlines from the State of Nature report.

Date: 22 May 2013


State of Nature report - Summary (Welsh Language version)

State of Nature report - Summary (Welsh Language version)

670Kb, PDF

A one page summary detailing the headlines from the State of Nature report (Welsh language version)

Date: 22 May 2013


Further country reports can be viewed on the RSPB website.

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