Wildlife sites are retreating from the advance of concrete.

Agricultural, industrial and urban developments, new roads and increased house building are destroying wildlife.

More than one in ten of England’s Local Wildlife Sites have been lost or damaged in the last five years.

Monitoring of 6,590 of the country’s ‘quiet, unnoticed wild places in which nature thrives’, such as ancient woodlands and churchyards, revealed that 717 of them had been lost or damaged between 2009 and 2013.

The Wildlife Trusts warn the figures are just the tip of the iceberg, with many more of 42,865 Local Wildlife Sites potentially under threat.

Local Wildlife Sites are not protected by law, but planning rules require councils to identify sites for their wildlife value and provide for their protection under local policy.

They provide homes for wildlife, give people access to nature in their local area and provide a network of stepping stones and corridors to connect wild spaces.

Many more are under threat from increased house building and new roads.

This brings up the serious questions: Do we humans have an unassailable right to live anywhere and everywhere? Do we have the right to take over remaining natural habitats where beautiful and rare animals live, and in doing so cause death, homelessness, and starvation for the displaced animals?


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