Extinct: which animals could we lose forever in 2017? – Telegraph.co.uk

Newly added creatures include the Kentish snake millipede, mole cricket, necklace ground beetle and yellow pogonus, a small sand beetle found in salty marshes. They are names many of us have never heard, but their disappearance could have a calamitous effect.

The decline of sand eels, for example, has led to a crash in puffin populations, now also at risk of extinction in Britain. Since 2003, some 8,000 British species have declined by 53 per cent; among them hedgehogs, natterjack toads, great crested newts, water voles, turtle doves and nightingales. The hen harrier is down to a handful of birds, while fewer than 100 Scottish wildcats now exist outside captivity.

But there is hope.

Jeff Ollerton, a biodiversity professor at the University of Northampton and bee specialist, has monitored a shocking decline over his career. In 1990, when he began his PhD, a rare mining bee became extinct in Britain. Since then several species have been reduced to a tiny few, such as the six-banded nomad bee and the hairy-horned mason bee.


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