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Wirral Walk for Wildlife

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Fort Perch Rock

Marine Promenade

Wallasey

CH45 2JU

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Our planet is now in the midst of its sixth mass extinction of plants and animals. Scientists estimate we're now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the background rate, with literally dozens going extinct every day.

On the 11th of May, come join us as we walk from New Brighton to Thurstaston country park in honour of our wildlife, where you are invited to listen and share the great work being done by the various organisations and projects across Merseyside that are working to improve habitats for wildlife and reduce this drastic situation across the Wirral and UK.

The walk, which will be held in silence to highlight the loss of species, habitats and biodiversity, will leave from Fort Perch Rock in New Brighton and follow the coastal path to Wirral Country Park where groups will be givien the opportunity to give a small talk in their area of work. This will be a fantastic opportunity to hear the evidence and data which is being collected by these groups, to share best practice and solutions, as well as a fantastic opportunity to network. Now is the time we need to come together and unite our efforts to help improve the current situation and avoid any further catastrophioc collapse of our prescious natural world and wildlife.

This free event is open to the public as well as the various organisations and groups worling in the field of the environement and conservaiton. Groups and public are encouraged to bring banners, leaflets or homemade signs that have powerful messages with an impact.

Looking forward to seeing you there. Spread the word.

Peace.

Marcus

Further reading below:

In all bird species, populations have declined by six per cent since 1970, but some species saw stunning declines over the past five decades, as pesticides, the intensification of farming and the removal of hedgerows wreaked havoc. Bird populations are seen as a key indicator of the health of the natural world as they tend to feed on small insects that are the basis of the food chain.

In the UK populations of farmland, woodland and marine birds have all fallen dramatically over the past 50 years, according to goverment figures. One in three types of bird in Wales alone is in significant decline.

The global review of declines in insects warned that the world was witnessing the “largest extinction event on Earth” for millions of years, in the face of habitat loss, pesticides, disease and invasive species and climate change.Because of the importance of insects to natural systems and other wildlife, “such events cannot be ignored and should prompt decisive action to avert a catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, the scientists warned. The review, published in the journal Biological Conservation, looked at 73 historical reports on insects from around the world, including studies in the UK, and found insects ranging from butterflies and bees to dung beetles were among the most affected.

Declines were not just hitting specialist species, for example those which rely on a particular host plant or only live in specific habitats, but also much more “generalist” species.

The researchers warned that the intensification of agriculture over the past six decades was “the root cause of the problem” and that the relentless and widespread use of pesticides was having a major impact.

The biggest driver in insect declines is the loss of habitat and conversion of land to intensive farming and urban areas, followed by pollution, mainly by chemical pesticides and fertilisers.


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Marine Promenade

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CH45 2JU

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