Mam­mals’ big risk

Coventry Telegraph - - NATIONAL -

AT least one in five Bri­tish mam­mals is at high risk of ex­tinc­tion in the face of threats such as dis­ease and loss of their nat­u­ral habi­tat, a study has found.

Red squir­rels, wild­cats and grey long-eared bats are among the species which face se­vere threats to their sur­vival, the first ma­jor re­view of Bri­tish mam­mals for more than 20 years re­vealed.

Pop­u­la­tions of nine species, in­clud­ing hedge­hogs, wa­ter voles, hazel dormice and even rab­bits, have de­clined in the past 20 years.

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