Posted: Sun 12th Jun 2016

Report Warns Of Biodiversity Decline

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Sunday, Jun 12th, 2016

More work needs to be done if a decline in Pembrokeshire’s biodiversity is to be halted, a report claims. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The warning comes from the Pembrokeshire Biodiversity Partnership’s implementation officer, Ant Rogers. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Over the past year, the Partnership has conducted a review of the State of Wildlife in Pembrokeshire. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Nineteen local specialists contributed to the report – compiled by Mr Rogers – which looks at 23 species and habitats in the County. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

These were studied in 2011 and the report provides an update on current status and trends in these features as a metric of the likely situation in the wider environment. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Mr Rogers said: “The work highlights some successes but there is still much to be done if we are to halt – and then reverse – the decline in biodiversity. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“This is an international commitment under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The report highlights that: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

  • 70 per cent of features assessed are in poor or moderate condition
  • 57 per cent of features assessed are considered stable or improving
  • 30 per cent of features are assessed as in decline
  • 26 per cent of features had insufficient data to assess trend and/or condition
  • all the features assessed as in good condition or with improving trend had been subject to sustained conservation effort

The report is set against a backdrop of new and enhanced legislation aimed at embedding the protection and enhancement of our natural environment in public life in Wales. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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Ant Rogers (right) is pictured with the Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Sustainability, Councillor Myles Pepper. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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