Em here with my monthly blog! Can you believe it, it’s SEPTEMBER already! Where’s the summer gone? Let’s face it, we had a dragging, long Winter but we’ve had a pretty good Summer this year-compared to summers past!
I have to admit, Summer 2013 has been one of the best Summers I’ve had since at least 2007 back in the day when I was a littleton at 13 years old (oh the cliche memories of the past). Now, ever since I was a baby I have been on holiday, every summer for two weeks may that be in the-land-of-the-scones-Devon or surfing it up in Cornwall.
Spending too much time in front of television, DVDs and computer games is taking its toll on children’s physical and mental health, according to a government commissioned report published today.
Public Health England says there is evidence that children who spend more time watching screens tend to have higher levels of emotional distress, anxiety and depression.
The agency, which is using the data as the basis of a campaign to encourage families to adopt healthier behaviour, claims that 70% of young people did not undertake the recommended daily hour of physical activity.
For the first time ever, the UK’s wildlife organisations joined forces to undertake a health check of nature in the UK and its Overseas Territories. Here we show you the key findings of this amazing report. To view the full report check out www.rspb.org.uk/stateofnature.
- 60% of the 3,148 UK species assessed have declined over the last 50 years and 31% have declined strongly.
- Half of the species assessed have shown strong changes in their numbers or range, indicating that recent environmental changes are having a dramatic impact on nature in the UK. Species with specific habitat requirements seem to be faring worse than generalist species.
- A new Watchlist Indicator, developed to measure how conservation priority species are faring, shows that their overall numbers have declined by 77% in the last 40 years, with little sign of recovery.
- Of more than 6,000 species that have been assess using modern Red List criteria, more than one in 10 are thought to be under threat of extinction in the UK.
- The assessment looks back over 50 years at most, yet there were large declines in the UK’s wildlife prior to this, linked to habitat loss.
- The UK’s Overseas Territories hold a wealth of wildlife of huge international importance and over 90 of these species are at high risk of global extinction.
- There is a lack of knowledge on the trends of most of the UK’s species. As a result, the report can only determine quantitative trends for only 5% of the 59,000 or so terrestrial and freshwater species in the UK, and for very few of the 8,500 marina species. Much needs to be done to improve our knowledge.
- What is known about the state of the UK’s nature is often based upon the efforts of thousands of dedicated volunteer enthusiasts who contribute their time and expertise to monitoring schemes and species recording.
- The threats to the UK’s wildlife are any and varied, the most severe acting either to destroy valuable habitat or degrade the quality and value of what remains.
- Climate change is having an increasing impact on nature in the UK. Rising average temperatures are known to be driving range expansion in some species, but evidence for harmful impacts is also mounting.