Wildlife is on the decline in the Staffordshire Moorlands

New figures have emerged in a report by conservationists and nature experts which shows that wildlife in Staffordshire is declining at a rapid rate. The report is the first so-called 'stocktake' of animals and wildlife county-wide. The report by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust assessed species across farmland, freshwater, grassland, wetland, moorland, woodland, and low-land heathland. The figures showed that many species are in decline, from small rodents to insects. These include the hazel dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius), water vole, and numerous butterfly species. Campaigners are now calling for more to be done to protect the county's wildlife. In particular for the Staffordshire Moorlands, the following is being called for by the Trust: Prevent the decline of Moorland waders. The area is currently a stronghold for nationally declining wader species. Protect water voles. The Cecilly Brook in Cheadle supports a healthy and important population of water voles (Arvicola amphibius). Increase the area of important habitats. Continue to identify opportunities for habitat creation as part of quarry restoration.

Source: Leek Post and Times, December 07, 2016
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