Why are species under threat – loss of habitat.
How do we protect and restore biodiversity – protecting and restoring biodiversity.
Why do we need species protection at all;
1) to prevent poaching within protected areas; &
2) Because many species roam well beyond protected areas, which in any event are far too small, unprotected areas of habitat are numerically more important. If they are harmed outside protected areas they may fall below viable breeding populations and place habitat they create and other species at threat.
But species protection in England is getting a bad name, well publicized issues concerning dormice and Great Crested Newts has led George Osborne to take aim at the whole European structure of habitat and species protection – blaming it for harming economic growth. An attack on species protection is used to threaten habitat protection even though England has less protected areas 9% than any other European Country. Poorly targeted species protection is making unnecessary political enemies.