Nature’s population loss – what can be done to turn the tide?
The alarming statistics continue.
A passionate conservation campaign to save the Field Cricket from extinction has been just one of its success stories. Habitat loss meant that 30 years ago the species was isolated to just one site of 100 field crickets in West Sussex. Through careful rehoming efforts by volunteers, there are now six colonies across heathland sites and it is hoped new colonies will establish in the coming years. A great example of what a collaboration of partners can achieve!
In the Meon Valley, the remarkable recovery of otter populations – albeit in very small numbers – is another triumph for nature.
Ultimately, the focus has to about increasing local resilience to ongoing threats such as climate change and also helping species bounce back.