The eight new wildlife indicators include reports on public attitudes to biodiversity, nutrient levels in rivers and the abundance of species sensitive to climate change. Six of the eight indicators show upward trends, including an increase in the number of people volunteering for wildlife work and visiting nature reserves.

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Dr Stephen Tapper told Shooting Times: “This is good news and suggests we are looking after our biodiversity and environment better than before. However, we should not be complacent since, historically, we have lost a huge amount of biodiversity, which we have not yet restored. So in future we will have to do better and it will be a struggle in the face of pressures to increase food production in an over-crowded country.”

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