The wildcat, red squirrel, otters and the grey long-eared bats are amongst the list of animals that are facing the risk of extinction, according to a new research.
According to a study by the Mammal Society and Natural England, there are 12 species that have made it to the first “red list” for wild mammals in the United Kingdom. The new study claimed that one in five mammals in the country are at a risk of extinction.
The report is being called the first-ever detailed review of the population of British mammals for nearly two decades, in which the researchers studied over 1.5 million different biological records of 58 species of terrestrial mammal.
The researchers examined if the numbers of these animals were decreasing or increasing, along with the future prospects these numbers will have on the world. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) criteria was used to rank the species, which is the method that is also used to compile the global list of threatened species.
The latest list also includes otters, hedgehogs and water voles. The study further states that the population of hedgehogs and water voles has experienced a decline of around 70% over the past two decades.
A study by scientists at the University of Sussex stated that the loss of habitat, climate change, use of pesticides and disease are among the factors that are to be blamed for such environmental problems.
However, the report also provided animal lovers with some good news. It said that animals like the pine martens, polecats and badgers are doing better than they were 20 years ago. The survey gives out a list of animals, out of whom five species’ population has increased recently, while 18 others have expanded their geographical range.
Beavers and wild boars are bearers of further good news, as they were previously announced to have faced near extinction but have now been reintroduced.