The chairman of Natural England, Sir Martin Doughty remarks on the state of British wildlife has been reported in the Telegraph. There is huge concern over the decline in hegehogs, water voles and harvest mice. The artile suggests that the "numbers of farmland birds have declined by 70 per cent in less than 40 years while house sparrows have declined by a similar amount in just 30 years and bumble bee populations have halved since the 1950s".
"He called for an urgent programme of planting with new tree-lined streets in cities and special wildlife areas on farms to help replace lost habitats - including the disappearance of 97 per cent of flower rich meadows in 60 years".
He commentated that "Populations of hedgehogs, house sparrows and other well-loved British animals could spiral into terminal decline in the next year unless urgent action is taken to preserve them."
A survey conducted by BT found that broadband topped the list of things people would refuse to give up when they considered they needed to tighten their belts. "Some 57 per cent cited their internet connection, with 43 per cent saying they couldn't go without fresh fruit and vegetables.
Alcohol and new clothes came far lower with 17 and 13 per cent respectively". The survey suggests that some people would rather give up fresh fruit and vegetables than their internet connection knowing the health benefits that they afford.