DEFRA data shows continued biodiversity decline

Key animal species are continuing to decline in the UK despite progress in improving habitat quality, according to new data published by DEFRA

Harvest mouse
Harvest mice are among the UK's priority species, which have fallen by 32% since 1970

Key animal species are continuing to decline in the UK despite progress in improving habitat quality, according to new data published by DEFRA.

The department’s latest set of biodiversity indicators show there has been no progress in reversing a 40-year fall in the populations of priority species, including the sky lark, the European eel and the harvest mouse. This comes despite an increase in the quality of priority habitats and in habitat connectivity.

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