New report reveals wildlife is in decline and needs help
Friday 16th September 2016
In a collaboration between more than 50 nature conservation organisations, including the Wildlife Trusts, the 2016 State of Nature report* has revealed that half of the UK’s native species are in decline, with 15% facing extinction.
Many common species like the song thrush, house sparrow, hedgehog and native bluebell are fewer in number, and wildlife-rich habitats have become increasingly scarce.
Locally, major projects led by Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) have been tackling these problems head-on with large scale wildlife restoration projects designed to reverse this decline.
The report reveals worrying information
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Director of Conservation, Imogen Davenport said, “The State of Nature report reveals some worrying information about long-term wildlife decline across the UK, but it also states that success can be achieved with well-planned conservation projects locally, to help restore sites and re-create habitat for wildlife to thrive in. Dorset Wildlife Trust has already launched a number of major conservation projects, and seen successes for wildlife locally.”
Example success project: Dorset Wild Rivers
One project which DWT has been working on since 2010 with partners** from the Dorset catchment partnerships***, is the Dorset Wild Rivers project; a major restoration river restoration project which has improved 14km of chalk stream and rivers in Dorset.
"We've already seen an increase in fish populations"
DWT Conservation Officer, Jacob Dew said, “Through the Wild Rivers Project, we have restored rivers for the benefit of a whole range of wildlife. We’ve already seen an increase in fish populations, such as brown trout, in the areas which have been restored and salmon have been found on the upper stretches of the River Frome for the first time. Rare Winterbourne mayfly and blackfly have also both increased their range on the South Winterborne due to our work. Volunteers have spent over 4,000 hours helping us complete our work, whether that’s pulling invasive Himalayan balsam, carrying out bird surveys, or training up to be Riverfly monitors, this is a great example of how a local conservation project can make a huge difference to wildlife and people on a county level.”
Say YES to wildlife and support local conservation
The State of Nature report 2016 states that wildlife is in trouble. DWT is already succeeding in some habitats in reversing the decline in Dorset, but to do this, we need the passion and help from those who share our vision of fighting for the things we love. We need local people to say YES to wildlife.
To download the state of nature report and find out more about how you can support the work of Dorset Wildlife Trust click here to Say YES to Wildlife.
*In 2103 the first ever State of Nature report was produced by a coalition of 25 UK wildlife organisations. Three years on, 50 organisations have pooled data and expertise to provide an update on how wildlife is faring across the UK.
The State of Nature partners include: A Focus on Nature, A Rocha UK, ALERC, Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, Bat Conservation Trust, Biological Records Centre, Botanical Society of the British & Ireland, British Dragonfly Society, British Lichen Society, British Pteridological Society, BTO, Buglife, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management, Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Earthwatch, Freshwater Habitats Trusts, Friends of the Earth, Froglife, Fungus Conservation Trust, Guernsey Government, I-spot, States of Guernsey Department of the Environment, Mammal Society, Manx Birdlife, Marine Biological Association, Marine Conservation Society, MARINElife, National Forum for Biological Recording, National Trust, National Biodiversity Network, NHM, Orca, People’s Trust for Endangered Species, Plantlife, PREDICTS, Rothamsted Research, RSPB, SAHFOS, Shark Trust, Vincent Wildlife Trust, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, The Wildlife Trusts, Woodland Trust, WWF, WWT, ZSL.
**This project is being led by DWT, FWAG SW, with funding from Wessex Water (£100,000 over 5 years), the Environment Agency and Dorset AONB. Dorset Wild Rivers (DWR) is a major river and wetland restoration project, which has focused on the Frome and Piddle Valleys and the chalk stream tributaries of the Stour Valley. The project works closely with the Dorset Catchment Partnerships, landowners, fishing and community groups to restore rivers for the benefit of fish and invertebrates and improve the surrounding landscape creating wetland habitats in the floodplains and advising landowners on best practice for land management surrounding water courses
*** Catchment partnership promote collaborative working with a multitude of partners at a river catchment scale to deliver improvements to our water environments. The Dorset partnerships drive cost-effective practical delivery on the ground, resulting in multiple benefits including improvements to water quality, enhanced biodiversity, reduced flood risk, resilience to climate change and greater community engagement with their local river. More than 1500 organisations are engaged with local catchment partnerships nationwide including NGOs, Water Companies, Local Authorities, Government Agencies, Landowners, Angling Clubs, Farmer Representative Bodies, Academia and Local Businesses. DWT and the Dorset Wild rivers Project take an active role and lead in the Dorset Catchment Partnerships on the Stour (click here for more information) and the Poole Harbour (click here for more information)
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 26,000 members and over 44 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
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