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10/10/2016

The State of Nature UK and country reports were produced by a partnership of over 50 organisations involved in the recording, researching and conservation of nature in the UK. The report concludes that 65 Scottish species are considered critically endangered in Great Britain with pine hoverfly and corn buttercup most likely to go extinct. In contrast there is good news for otters, red kites and ringlet butterflies where numbers are on the up. A range of factors affect the state of nature in the UK; two of the most important are agriculture and climate change. 75% of the UK is managed for food production and how we manage this land is key to the state of nature. A recent study showed that 20% of all impact on species populations was down to 'intensive management of agricultural land'. In the UK climate change is extending suitable conditions for species previously restricted to the south, enabling them to move north if suitable habitat exists. In contrast to these climate change winners, there are species that favour conditions further north and at high altitudes; these species may have nowhere to go as the climate changes in the UK. More