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7 species we rarely see now

More than one in seven UK species are facing extinction and more than half are in decline. We're losing our beloved hedgehogs, birds and bees at an alarming rate. Join our Fight for Nature and tell the UK Government to keep their promise to leave the environment in a better state for the next generation.


The UK is now one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world. 

Brexit is a pivotal moment for the environment. The UK Government is currently making big decisions about how it will manage nature in England when we leave the EU and they are asking for your opinion.

Meet seven of our much loved countryside visitors that we no longer see so often and take action to protect them.

Water Vole

‘Ratty’ from the Wind in the Willows faces threats from agricultural intensification and habitat loss due to unsympathetic waterway management, as well as urbanisation and predation by mink.


Native hedgehog numbers have plummeted by at least half in the UK. Our beloved hedgehogs have declined massively in farmland, so sensitively managed wildlife-friendly gardens have now become increasingly important.


Bogs, mires and fens have been drained, overgrazed and burned leading to declines in the presence of large marsh grasshoppers.


A reduction in the appropriate grazing of bracken-dominated habitats has contributed to the decline of the UK’s most threatened butterfly, the high brown fritillary.

Climate change is also thought to be responsible for the range contraction of the mountain ringlet butterfly: its range has shifted uphill by 150m in response to warmer temperatures.

Barn Owl

The UK’s favourite farmland bird has suffered a 75% drop in its population since the 1930s because modern agricultural practices have wiped out huge numbers of their prey – mice and voles.

Hen Harrier

The UK population of heather moorland-loving hen harriers is extremely low - and in some areas close to extinction - due to illegal persecution associated with grouse moor management.

Common frog, natterjack and common toad

Common frog, common toad and natterjack toad populations have been reported as being in decline since the 1970s. The reasons for the decline in the common toad are similar to those affecting hedgehogs including habitat loss and fragmentation, pollution and climate change. Natterjack toads are now found almost exclusively in coastal dunes.


This fight doesn’t stop at halting the shocking decline of UK wildlife, it’s also about the clean water we drink, productive soils we grow our food on, the healthy air we breathe and local parks and woodlands for our children to play in.

The UK Government just announced the new Environment Bill. We need them to hear loud and clear that they need to keep their promise to deliver a greener future after Brexit.