Damage limitation for Britain's species needs to start now, consultancy says

Consultancy Southern Ecological Solutions has warned that action needs to be taken immediately to help save the natural landscapes and species of Great Britain.

Meadow. Image: MorgueFile
Meadow. Image: MorgueFile
The reaction comes following a report earlier this year in the Independent detailing that species across the country are facing the "biggest threat in a generation". The Joint Links coalition, made up of 100 leading nature and conservation groups, this year warned that long-standing laws regarding conservation and protection are being "watered down", and as a result are putting more than 1,000 species across the country at risk.

Now Southern Ecological Solutions is adding its own warning. A spokesperson for SES said:  "It is clear that we are at a crossroads when it comes to the protection and conservation of some of our most endangered species and habitats in Great Britain.

"As more and more developments spring up across both the private and public sector, it is our job as a society to ensure that we are taking the necessary precautions to ensure these ecosystems and animals remain in a safe and protected environment. Dealing with these issues with the help of a team of professionals such as ourselves means that all parties – both natural and man-made – can have their interests served properly at all times."

Habitats such as meadows, forests and wetlands are among those currently safeguarded, housing endangered species such as the hazel dormouse and the Dartford warbler. These are currently protected under the Bird and Habitat Directives, which are being reviewed.

Kate Jennings, chairwoman of the Joint Links group, said: "Uncertainty over the future of the directives resulting from the 'fitness check' review could be bad for nature, bad for people and bad for business. The laws are the foundation of nature conservation across Europe and deliver demonstrable benefits for nature, as well as significant social and economic benefits."

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