UK’s prized habitats remain in bad condition, government data shows

Some of the UK’s most iconic habitats and species, such as blanket bog and dormice, remain in a bad or poor condition, according to government data.

Some animals, such as the mountain hare, have actually seen their status downgraded due to their ongoing decline, according to the latest environmental assessment of the UK’s European designated sites, published earlier this month by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee  on the European Environment Agency’s data collection website, Eionet.

Under article 17 of the EU’s Habitats Directive, the UK is required every six years to report on the ecological condition of its legally protected, special areas of conservation (SAC), and the species that live in them.

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