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Report reveals UK wildlife in decline while Dorset thrives

Report reveals UK wildlife in decline while Dorset thrives

 A new report has revealed that wildlife across the UK has been in decline for decades, but a local conservation charity says that Dorset is still thriving.
 
The new 2019 State of Nature Report has been published revealing that the amount and distribution of the UK’s species has, on average, declined since 1970.
 
Wildlife is thought to be suffering from climate change, urbanisation and lack of habitat management. As a result, 41 per cent of UK species have declined since 1970.
 
However, the Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) says that wildlife in Dorset is finding a way to struggle on despite these issues.
 
The State of Nature Report states that the marsh fritillary butterfly is one of the fastest declining butterflies in the UK, but in Dorset, marsh fritillaries have expanded their core range at DWT’s Bracketts Coppice nature reserve. The charity said they have been steadily increasing in number since 2011.
 
Another success story is the nightjar, which has increased its territories on the Upton Heath and Tadnoll & Winfrith Heath nature reserves since 2009.
 
The report also notes Lyme Bay as being an area of "high species richness that includes rare and threatened species." These species include the pink sea fan, ross coral and the commercially fished scallop.
 
DWT’s Chief Executive, Dr Simon Cripps said: “Whilst the picture for wildlife in the UK continues to look bad with some serious declines, the report does show that it is possible to turn the declines around. 
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