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PostSubject: More insanity in the UK   Wed Feb 10, 2010 12:50 am

inthenews.co.uk- http://www.inthenews.co.uk/news/science/house-sparrows-given-greater-protection-$1127748.htm

House sparrows given greater protection

House sparrows are facing greater threats

Tuesday, 28, Aug 2007 09:50

House sparrows and hedgehogs have been identified as in need of greater protection to ensure their survival.

The creatures join a list of over 1,100 UK species which will be given priority conservation help under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.

More habitats have also been added to the list; 65 are now deemed in need of action.

The new list will supersede the one adopted ten years ago, which contained 577 species and 49 habitats across the UK.

Increased numbers of species and habitats on the list are said to be the result of a more rigorous analysis of a wider range of aspects of the UK's environment as well as new declines and threats in some common or garden species.

Greater recognition has also been given to the role several habitats play, including orchards and ponds.

Biodiversity minister Joan Ruddock said such conservation efforts are "essential if we are to pass on a healthy environment to the next generation".

"Our climate is changing and it is therefore more important than ever that our conservation efforts help our important wildlife habitats to adapt and increase their chances of survival," she added.

Conservation groups throughout the UK will now consider the list when advising on how best to conserve species and habitats.

Natural England chair Sir Martin Doughty commented: "Climate change is one of the biggest threats facing the natural environment.

"Natural England is working to ensure that adaptation to climate change is at the heart of our work to conserve and enhance the revised Biodiversity Action Plan list, particularly through better targeting of environmental stewardship."

Dr Nigel Bourn, chair of Wildlife and Countryside Link's Biodiversity Working Group, added: "Together we can turn the list into targeted action to deliver the conservation of our very special habitats and species."
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PostSubject: Re: More insanity in the UK   Mon Feb 15, 2010 3:37 pm

Wow, it sure would be nice if we could help them repopulate with our sparrows.
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