Wildlife in Staffordshire is under threat and changes need to be made to ensure its survival, according to a new report.
‘The State of Staffordshire’s Nature’ report, led by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and Staffordshire Ecological Record, is the first “stocktake” of species and habitats found across the county.
More than 40 organisations have been involved in the project over 12 months.
Worrying statistics from the report state that many species are declining, including hedgehogs, water vole, hazel dormouse, and all seven native butterflies species.
Just 32% of Staffordshire’s geological and nature conservation SSSIs (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) are in a favourable condition.
However, there are a number of conservation success stories and the report identifies areas of hope, increasing populations of otters.
Drastic declines in the population of otter meant they were considered absent in Staffordshire by the early 1980s, but following improvements in river quality and reductions of pesticides they started to recolonise.
Julian Woolford, Chief Executive at Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, said: “Across the UK, there has been increasing demands on the natural environment which has led to a significant decline in biodiversity. Staffordshire has proved no exception and has suffered losses of habitats and species through increasing pressures including changes in land use and pollution.
“We are blessed with a county that is rich in species with a diverse range of landscapes. Without collective action, though, we will continue to see the loss of our wildlife rich habitats and the decline of species.
“This report serves as a reminder to us all that nature needs our help and we can all do our bit to save it. Its authors are calling on people to support conservation charities and take action for wildlife.”
You can read the report in full here.