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Study highlights priority areas for UK wildlife

Conservation efforts must be stepped up if a decline in Britain’s biodiversity is to be reversed, the academics behind a comprehensive report on the subject have warned.

The article, titled Declining Resilience of Ecosystem Functions Under Biodiversity Loss and published in Nature Communications on 8 December, summarises research analysing the changing fortunes of 4,424 species between 1970 and 2009.

An influx of new species has meant that some ecosystem functions, such as decomposition, were found to be relatively stable. But the authors say that groups of animals providing pollination and pest control have suffered much greater declines without offset. They conclude that those areas should be the focus of conservation efforts.

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