One in five UK mammals at risk of extinction

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Re: One in five UK mammals at risk of extinction

Post by Avit » Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:13 pm

Gonzo wrote:
Neville Bartos wrote:Used to see hedgehogs everywhere when I was kid. There was always one knocking about the garden. I haven't seen one for donkeys years now.

They've largely gone from suburbia because they can't roam from garden to garden anymore largely due to the quality of modern fences.

Sparrows biggest issue is that they nest in groups and the reason they thrived was due to wooden fascia & soffits on houses which would rot and make for perfect nesting. They have all but been replaced with UPVC which stops the sparrows living behind the guttering and when forced to nest in trees their eggs were easy pickings for the crows & magpies.
Fuck me Gonzo .... that was nearly as boring as the OP........
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Re: One in five UK mammals at risk of extinction

Post by Avit » Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:17 pm

jennyholt wrote:The red squirrel, the wildcat, and the grey long-eared bat are all facing severe threats to their survival, according to new research.

They are among 12 species that have been put on the first "red list" for wild mammals in the UK.

The Mammal Society and Natural England study said almost one in five British mammals was at risk of extinction.

Factors such as climate change, loss of habitat, use of pesticides and disease are to blame, the report said.

It said the hedgehog and water vole have seen their populations decline by almost 70% over the past 20 years.

However, it is good news for the otter, pine marten, polecat and badger, which have all seen their populations and geographical range spread.

The report is described as the first comprehensive review of the population of British mammals for 20 years.


Researchers examined more than 1.5m individual biological records of 58 species of terrestrial mammal.

They looked at whether their numbers were going up or down, the extent of their range, if there were any trends, and what their future prospects were.

The species have been ranked using the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) criteria, which is used to compile the global list of threatened species.
How're the black squirrels doing? are they on the blacklist?

Hedgehogs are nearly extinct because they still can't grasp the green cross code.....
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