Tag: extinction

As a quarter of UK native mammals face extinction, here’s how your garden can help

Here's how to ensure your garden is wildlife-friendly to help endangered animals thrive: iStock/The Independent
Here’s how to ensure your garden is wildlife-friendly to help endangered animals thrive: iStock/The Independent

According to the Mammal Society, a UK charity supporting mammal conservation, 11 of 47 animals native to Britain are at risk of becoming extinct “imminently”.

In the first official Red List for British mammals, creatures most at risk include hedgehogs, red squirrel, water voles, hazel dormouse and the grey long-eared bat.

The list has been authorised by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) which identifies globally endangered species such as tigers and elephants.

Habitat loss, degradation, historical persecution and invasive non-native species

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Earth accelerating towards sixth mass extinction event that could see ‘disintegration of civilisation’, scientists warn

The scientists who were among the first to declare the world’s sixth mass extinction event was already underway in a 2015 study, have published new research revealing the rate at which wildlife is being destroyed is accelerating and is a direct threat to human civilisation.

Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich and colleagues at other institutions report in the new paper that the extinction rate is likely much higher than previously thought and is eroding nature’s ability to provide vital services to people.

They state the wildlife trade combined with other human impacts have now wiped out hundreds of species forever, and

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