Twenty Five environmental organisations have commissioned a report about the state of the UK’s wildlife.
This is forwarded by Sir David Attenborough who expresses alarm at the declining number of several species and threats of extinction.
There is also concern over the import of species from abroad either by human interference or climate change. However the report does give hope that this can be halted, but only with government intervention.
Graham has written to Lord De Mauley, the minister at the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFR) asking for this intervention.
In the letter, Graham Allen MP says:
“We must try to leave a sustainable future for the next generation and not asset strip the globe for our own selfish ends.
“Red Squirrels are a case in point; a native species made almost extinct because of interference by humans. Had the Grey Squirrels not been introduced disease would not have wiped out the Red Squirrels in most areas. Now the government want to repeat the mistakes made by culling badgers from certain areas.”
“The fact that things have got worse over the last 40 years is most worrying. I had hoped that we had started to learn that we can’t just carry on.”
“All species are important in the greater scheme of things. Of the UK’s 59,000 terrestrial and freshwater species, quantitative trends are available in relation to five per cent and even fewer of the 8,500 marine species. Birds, butterflies and mammals steal the limelight. Invertebrates, fungi, lichens and mosses receive far less attention.”
“When I was young we often had sparrows, thrushes, blackbirds and starlings in the garden. But the report reveals how four of the six truly urban birds have declined, and two (the house sparrow and swift) have declined dramatically.”
“The report makes it clear that it is not too late or all doom and gloom. However, it is up to politicians at all levels to do something about it. We need to act now.”