Iconic British wildlife, including hedgehogs, butterflies, bats and bumblebees, are all at risk of extinction within a decade if action is not taken to halt their decline, research shows.
A recent study by Go Organic names 10 valuable native species most at risk of disappearing from Britain by 2031, mainly due to the industrialization of food production and, with it, the excessive use of harmful pesticides .
Go Organic added that 40% of our million insect species are on the brink and human activities are to blame.
Developed in partnership with senior natural science curator Jo Hatton of the famous Horniman Museum, the research has been published to mark the first day of organic September, a month-long celebration highlighting the significant benefits of organic food. and agricultural practices. to increase and protect biodiversity.
From once-familiar garden friends to secret night-time visitors, the list is further proof that, with more people than ever interested in nature and the environment, there is much more we can all do to protect wildlife, even at our door.
The so-called ARC 2031 roster offers a stark reminder of what we stand to lose and includes some of the nation’s most beloved creatures – all of which could be taken off the board if we make small changes. Exchanging a few products from our usual shop for organic products means supporting businesses, farmers and producers who work with nature to protect our wildlife and biodiversity and take care of our planet.
The ARC 2031 list:
- Gray Partridge – British Red List
- Corn Bunting – UK Red List
- Gray bat – UK Red List – Endangered
- Hedgehog – British Red List – Vulnerable
- Essex Skipper – Butterfly Red List 2010
- Little Skipper – Butterfly Red List 2010
- Garden Bumblebee – Under Increased Threat
- Hoverfly – British Red List – Rare nationally
- Scarab Necklace – UK Red List – Endangered
- Hop Flea Beetle – UK Red List – Endangered
Discussing the list, head of research Jo Hatton commented: “If we don’t protect biodiversity, it could have far-reaching consequences. The ARC 2031 list reveals 10 increasingly endangered species in the UK where pesticide use has been implicated in their decline.
‘Birds such as the gray partridge and butterflies such as the Essex skipper are vital links in our complex ecosystem food webs and help preserve biodiversity – from natural pest controllers to crucial pollinators, the importance of preserving each species cannot be overstated. It is essential that we protect them. “
Megan McCubbin, ARC 2031 Ambassador, Zoologist and Presenter at Autumnwatch, said: “We are all becoming more environmentally conscious every day and the products we choose to buy can help preserve our environment and the environment. biodiversity it contains. There is energy in our books, so let’s spend it. wisely and move towards a greener and more organic future. “
Harriet O’Regan, Marketing Director of Go Organic, said: “The pandemic has made us even more aware of the importance of our natural world and what we can do to help protect it. The ARC 2031 research really highlights that global biodiversity loss issues are also present right on our doorstep; it is amazing how many incredible creatures we take for granted that could be lost.
She continued: “As part of Organic September, we want to celebrate Britain’s wildlife, share the good work that is being done to protect it and highlight how everyone can make simple choices to help protect the nature around us. This year’s sector campaign focuses on why organic farming is what the planet would choose and how, if we work with nature and not against it, we can all do our part to make a difference. “
“I am delighted to see how many people are choosing to buy organic and the range of UK retailers now have more organic products in their lines. Join the movement to go organic and help us create positive change.
To celebrate the role we can all play, Go Organic will highlight the stories behind ARC 2031 species at a free exhibition in central London from September 23-25 - showing visitors how their choices can really make a difference. .
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