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Endangered UK

11 Sep 2018

It was reported recently that 1 in 5 of Britain’s mammals are at risk of extinction. The study by the Mammal Society and Natural England said factors such as climate change, loss of habitat, use of pesticides and disease are to blame.

With Red Squirrel Day being held on the 24th September, we’ve known for some time that this little fluff ball has been struggling to survive, but did you know that these other critters could soon be making it on to the list?...
Scottish Wildcat
Scottish wildcats are found in colder, drier parts of Scotland that are less suitable for farming. Their preferred habitat includes woodland and shrubland. The Wildcat was once common throughout all of Britain but they were frequently killed to protect game birds, and
considered vermin.
Hedgehogs
Hedgehogs share distant ancestry with shrews. Like many of the first mammals, they have adapted to a nocturnal way of life. The hedgehogs’ spiny protection resembles that of the unrelated porcupines. Hedgehogs have lower populations in areas where badgers are numerous, so that British hedgehog rescue societies will not release hedgehogs into known badger territories.
Water Vole
This adorable little fella is often informally called the water rat, though it only superficially resembles a true rat. Water voles have rounder noses than rats, deep brown fur, chubby faces and short fuzzy ears (awww!); unlike rats their tails, paws and ears are covered with hair. In the wild, on average, water voles only live about
five months.
Rabbits
Figures from the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) show that the rabbit population across the UK as a whole has fallen by around 60 per cent. Once considered a nuisance to farmers and a plentiful staple for the pot. It seems that rabbits aren’t breeding like rabbits anymore and we need to do more to protect them.

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