Each year we are losing more wildlife in the UK.
Since the 1970s, more than half of species in the UK have declined, and 15 per cent of species are threatened with extinction. This includes the adder in Oxfordshire.
Depressingly, the UK is ranked 189 out of 218 countries for the health of its biodiversity.
Recently scientists reported that insect populations are crashing – eight times faster than mammals, birds or reptiles – and could be gone within a century causing a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”.
One scientist described the species extinction like the game Jenga – you remove several pieces and everything looks fine, but you don’t know which piece is going to cause the rest to collapse. So there is no room for complacency.
Intensive use of pesticides, a lack of wild plants and flowers for pollinators and global warming are to blame. Our species needs to do more to help others, and in the process help itself – without pollinators we won’t have sufficient food.