Urgent action is needed to save a third of all mammals currently at risk of extinction in Wales, The State of Mammals in Wales report has revealed.
Launched today (25 November) by the Mammal Society, the report examines for the first time in over 20 years the current situation for Wales’ species.
The report, commissioned by NRW, provides a species by species account of current population sizes and range trends as well as discussing threats and conservation opportunities. This information has been used to complete an International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red Listing assessment.
Based on this, we now know that across Britain a quarter of our native mammals are at risk of extinction. In Wales that number is 1 in 3.
Sam Dyer, NRW Specialist Advisor for Terrestrial Mammals said, “This is a very comprehensive report which examines the current situation for Wales’ 49 terrestrial mammal species, and we are grateful to all those who contributed to the resulting publication. These findings are key to our mammal conservation efforts and will underpin our decision making and targeting efforts towards those species who are at a greater risk.”
The Mammal Society has stressed the need to do more in order to sustain and create connected habitats across the country, giving mammals the ability to move easily from one area to another.