UK’s threatened habitats in poor condition

According  to an EU study of more than 1,000 threatened species and hundreds of threatened habitats across 25 members of the European Union, more than 90 per cent of threatened habitats in the UK are in poor condition and are therefore not supporting the range of wildlife they should. Only six per cent of threatened habitats were reportedly in ‘favourable condition’. The RSPB has noted particularly the fact that the UK has lost some three quarters of its former lowland heathland to forestry, agriculture, urban development and abandonment, though the country still has around one fifth of the world’s lowland heathland. The Telegraph reports in Britain failing to protect wildlife that only 23 per cent of threatened species like the harbour porpoise or fritillary butterfly are said to have a “favourable” conservation status,

In apparant contradiction to the above The Independent reports England’s wildlife sites ‘better protected now’. “Only 52 per cent of the 4,000 English Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) – areas of land containing habitats and wildlife which are of national or international importance – were in “favourable or recovering” condition in 2002, but this had increased to 86 per cent by February this year, the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) reported.

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