On 22 May this year at London’s Natural History Museum, the patron saint of British wildlife, Sir David Attenborough, launched the State of Nature report to great fanfare. This 89-page document offers (almost for the first time ever) an overarching vision of how things stand with other species in Britain.

As one might expect from a statement that pools the specialist expertise of 25 different organisations, ranging from The British Lichen Society to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the State of Nature report is meticulously argued. Unfortunately the picture it paints is all ...


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