Trust draws attention to biodiversity indicator

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Leading conservation charity, the Scottish Wildlife Trust, believes more can be done to help preserve UK biodiversity after the latest updated figures showing continuing wildlife declines were released in a report by Defra.

The figures, which monitor the state of UK biodiversity take into account 36 individually assessed measures, such as condition of Sites of Special Scientific Interest and plant species richness, paint a mixed picture of the state of biodiversity in the UK.

Although more is being done to protect wildlife, many of the pressures on our environment, for example from invasive species or climate change, remain in place or are increasing threats.

The UK Biodiversity Indicators are drawn from a wide variety of data, provided by Defra, its agencies and from environmental charities.

Head of Policy for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Dr Maggie Keegan, said: “The figures show that there are winners and losers when it comes to the strength of UK biodiversity. It’s pretty worrying that species which are given the highest conservation priority are still deteriorating- although bats seem to be doing well.

“The Scottish Wildlife Trust believes that these indicators should come as a wake-up call that even despite our best efforts to maintain a healthy level of biodiversity, more must be done.

“We have a pretty good understanding of what the causes of declines are, so it’s a question of making sure we look at the bigger picture, coordinate efforts - based on the best science, have the right policies in place and use limited resources wisely to deliver multiple benefits – the Scottish Wildlife Trust would call this an ecosystem-based approach.”