Devon wildlife threatened by Extinction

At the recent Extinction Rebellion protest in Moretonhamstead as reported in the last edition of The Moorlander, one of the flyers the group were handing out brought attention to the worrying decline in Devon’s wildlife.

A 90% decline in Greater Horseshoe bats has been seen, 97% of wildflower meadows have been lost since the 1930s, Nightingales no longer breed in Devon; the last pair was recorded in 1993.

Curlews may become extinct as a breeding bird in Devon this year, and Cuckoos have declined by two thirds since 1985. They are rarely heard in some areas of Devon these days.

Stuart Clarke

Author: Stuart Clarke

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