In 2013 the UK's wildlife organisations joined forces to undertake a health check of nature in the UK and its overseas territories. They found that:

  • 60% of the UK's species have declined over the last 50 years
  • Of the 6,000 species assessed, more than one in ten are thought to be under threat of extinction in the UK
  • Our ability to monitor the state of nature, and therefore respond, is hampered by a lack of knowledge
  • What we do know about the state of nature is often based upon the efforts from dedicated volunteers
  • Climate change is also having an increasing impact on nature in the UK

There have been a further two triennial reports since then. Click here for the most recent report.