Enriching the UK’s Biodiversity: Preventing Wildlife Degradation and Assessing Future Policy for Ecological Conservation
Biodiversity is key to the survival of life on Earth. It underpins the functioning of all ecosystems essential for human well-being, delivering a cultural, social and economic service that enriches our lives. Yet, despite its fundamental importance, biodiversity continues to be lost with its deprivation compromising ecological sustainability. Published in 2016, the State of Nature report, suggests that the UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world ranking 189th out of 218 countries. Additionally, out of the 8,000 species assessed in the report, 15% are recorded to be either extinct or threatened with extinction from Great Britain. Research by DEFRA moreover indicates only 38.5% of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI’s) were in a favourable condition in 2016, compared with 44% in 2003.