Britain’s most vulnerable creatures

Climate change and habitat loss are making increasing numbers of species vulnerable to extinction. Here are five of the most iconic species in Great Britain that need better protection, according to Friends of The Earth.

1 Skylark

Populations of the skylark have declined by 50% over 40 years across Europe. In the UK, the decline of the skylark began with changes in farm practices in the 1970’s resulting in the loss of nesting sites and food sources, according to the UN’s IPBES' 2019 Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. The decrease follows the trend for farmland birds across the UK, which have declined by 56% between 1970 and 2015.

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