One fifth of all mammals in Britain are now highly likely to become extinct. This includes the wildcat, mouse-eared bats, water voles, red squirrels, otters and wild boar.
Other species are suffering great reductions in populations – such as the hedgehog.
The problem is habitat reduction, a lack of wild areas, loss of hedgerows, the use of pesticides killing off insects which they feed off, and pollution.
As our population increases, more roads and houses are built and more intensive farming takes place our wildlife is being squeezed out of existence.
It is not just mammals – birds, amphibia, reptiles and invertebrates are suffering as well. Butterfly populations are reducing, honeybees numbers are diving, great crested newts are extremely rare and you don’t see the numbers of swifts, swallows and house martins that you used to.
I think we are sleepwalking into the destruction of nature.