MAM­MALS UN­DER THREAT With many species tee­ter­ing on the brink of ex­tinc­tion, we look at what we can do to help save them

With an un­prece­dented num­ber of species – in­clud­ing some of our best-loved mam­mals – tee­ter­ing on the brink of ex­tinc­tion, we look at what we can do to save them

Country Living (UK) - - Contents - Words by kitty cor­ri­gan

There is some good news in this sad tale. What many crea­tures, in­clud­ing the Large Blue but­ter­fly (once pro­nounced ex­tinct and now found in its thou­sands in Som­er­set and Glouces­ter­shire) show us is that the demise of en­dan­gered species is not al­ways in­evitable. This is the mes­sage that nat­u­ral­ist and TV pre­sen­ter Chris Pack­ham wants to con­vey with his cam­paign to im­ple­ment a Peo­ple’s Man­i­festo, call­ing for an end to the ‘war on wildlife’. He kicked off the project at the end of last year with a march on Down­ing Street, and is now urg­ing the Gov­ern­ment to pass mea­sures to­day that could make a huge dif­fer­ence to wildlife to­mor­row. He is not alone in his plea. Count­less other or­gan­i­sa­tions, from the British Hedge­hog Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety’s Hedge­hog Street cam­paign to Sav­ing Scot­land’s Red Squir­rels, run by The Scot­tish Wildlife Trust, are send­ing the same mes­sage – if we would like these an­i­mals to sur­vive, it’s up to us to take ac­tion. Here, we fo­cus on four species that need your help.

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