Somerset Wildlife Trust AGM - 'county's plants and animals in decline' (From Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News)
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Somerset Wildlife Trust AGM - 'county's plants and animals in decline'
8:00pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
THE devastating decline in plant and animal species in the county were highlighted at Somerset Wildlife Trust’s annual general meeting.
The event at Dillington House last weekend heard that over half of all UK wildlife species are in decline, while in Somerset: *97% of flower rich grasslands have disappeared; *a quarter of all flowering plants have gone; *94% of all woodland birds are in decline; *numbers of a third of woodland plants are dropping; *only 0.05% of the county’s wetlands are left.
Dr Andy Clements, director of the British Trust for Ornithology, outlined to the 150 members at the event the extraordinary changes our animals and plants have been going through in the past 40 years.
He said: “We need to work with people to find solutions to the dramatic decline.”
“Of course there are many pressures on our land, including the demands for housing all over the constituency, the need to increase food production and the drive for more roads, but if we don’t look after our fellow creatures and the biodiversity of the land out county will be poor indeed.
“We need to do everything we can to stop these declines and to work with organisations so that our wildlife can thrive alongside us.
“The environment should not be seen as a barrier to economic development, in fact it is the opposite and a healthy environment should go hand in hand with a thriving economy.
“We must have a balance and nature must be given a much greater priority in decision making.”
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