The UK’s wildlife continues to decline, according to the State of Nature 2019 report. The latest findings show that since rigorous scientific monitoring began in the 1970s there has been a 13% decline in average abundance across wildlife studied and that the declines continue unabated. Notably, the 2019 report found that no real improvements had been made since the 2016 report.
The report also shows that 41% of UK species studied have declined, 26% have increased and 33% shown little change have declined since 1970, while 133 species assessed have already been lost from our shores since 1500.
Britain’s agricultural changes were found to be the main contributing factor, with climate change identified as having the second the biggest impact to wildlife. Pollution and growing urbanisation and invasive species were also found to contribute to species decline.
The State of Nature in Oxfordshire 2017 report draws together a wealth of expertise from the county’s professional and volunteer base in biodiversity and nature conservation. The best information currently available has been used to paint a picture of the state of Oxfordshire’s natural habitats and species, including long-term trends as well as more recent losses and gains. Of necessity, there is a focus on those species groups (e.g. birds and butterflies) for which there are substantive amounts of data that have been collected in a consistent manner over an extended period. Other species groups would benefit from additional resources to improve the extent and consistency of species recording effort.
The report has been produced in two versions, a highlights report and the full report. Click on the images below to download, or contact Clare@wildoxfordshire.org.uk to receive a free printed copy (highlights report only).
Both reports look at five broad habitat categories that encompass the full diversity of habitats found across the county. For each habitat headline findings are presented including the current and historic extent and condition of specific habitat types, and recent changes and trends for characteristic species (where these are known). Relevant case studies are also presented, reflecting the breadth of work that is underway across the county. The highlights report restricts case studies to one per habitat type, whereas multiple studies are contained within the full report. Case studies can also be viewed and downloaded from the case studies page.