The State of Nature Report 2016


Working side-by-side, over 50 wildlife organisations have compiled a stock take of all our native wildlife.

The report reveals that 56 per cent of the species studied have declined over recent decades. More than one in ten of all the species assessed are under threat of disappearing from our shores altogether.

However, the report illustrates that targeted conservation has produced inspiring success stories and, with sufficient determination, resources and public support, we can turn the fortunes of our wildlife around.

This report builds on the previous State of Nature report to further highlight the need for conservation projects across the UK, UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies.

Project objectives

  • To work in collaboration with partners to assess the State of Nature in the UK, UKOTs and Crown Dependencies and to diagnose the causes of wildlife decline.
  • To demonstrate how the conservation sector is tackling wildlife declines by highlighting past successful conservation projects that have benefited habitats and species.
  • To showcase the fantastic job that the thousands of dedicated and expert volunteers do in gathering the data that makes up the State of Nature 2016 report and to create interest and inspire individuals to take action to reverse declines.

Key dates so far

  • On 14 September 2016 a partnership of over 53 organisations published The State of Nature report 2016. A series of events were hosted across the UK to launch the report.

Work planned or underway

Leading professionals from 53 wildlife organisations have pooled expertise and knowledge to present the clearest picture to date of the status of our native species across land and sea. The report reveals that over half (56%) of UK species assessed have declined since 1970, while more than one in ten (1,199 species) of the nearly 8000 species assessed in the UK are under threat of disappearing from our shores altogether.

Following on from the groundbreaking State of Nature report in 2013, the State of Nature report 2016 includes;

  • Data for more species and taxonomic groups than the original 2013 report.
  • The longer term period of change (1970 – 2013) provides a context for the new shorter (2002 – 2013) analysis.
  • Case studies showing how conservation is helping nature.
  • An analysis of the drivers of change which will quantify the severity of different drivers.
  • Calls for individuals, organisations and governments to work together to stop the loss and bring nature back from the brink.