- ‘Bird populations have long been considered to provide a good indication of the broad state of wildlife in the UK. This is because they occupy a wide range of habitats and respond to environmental pressures that also operate on other groups of wildlife.’
‘Birds also have huge cultural importance and are highly valued as a part of the UK’s natural environment by the general public.’
I wouldn’t want to push the first argument too hard, but it is broadly true, or at least, it will often be broadly true.
So the message from this annual update, as from many other such updates, is that British wildlife is declining in abundance and we are all the poorer for it because we are depleting the cultural significance of our countryside.
Better get on with crafting our own farming support strategy then hadn’t we? What will we do to ensure that British farming, unhitched from the EU, and with a current contribution of £3bn per annum from the taxpayer to farmers, produces a steady and persistent increase in birds and other wildlife?
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