Hi, when I was growing up in the 60's (I'm 52) I remember seeing glow worms, stick insects, praying mantis, Moorhens, newts, minnows, water rats, frogs, hedgehogs, Cowslips, cuckoo flowers, Greenfinch, Bullfinch, British blue Butterflies, etc, in abundance around our garden and the fields around our house. Foxes, Badgers, rabbits, mice, voles, moles all made frequent visits to our garden, now the only time I see a Badger Hedgehog or Fox is when they have been ruined under the wheels of a car, and many of the Rabbits I see have mixamatosis. It's sooooooooo very very sad. What happened to most of these creatures? Are they still to be found in small numbers anywhere or are they extremely rare, as I haven't seen many of them in years, and the others, only rarely. I realise urban sprawl rids a lot of these creatures of their habitat, and lack of hedgerows and the use of pesticides/herbicides has a lot to do with their demise, but surely there are some of these creatures left?

Hi Caroline,

It is a big question you are asking and to be honest there is no single answer - pollution, habitat fragmentation, pesticide use etc etc have all likely played a part, and there is no doubt at all that climate change is altering the distributions and abundances of species in the UK too. We should remember that we are seeing some animals doing pretty well (including foxes and badgers actually), and some species that never used to be present in the UK are now common (e.g. the little egret). However, in general I would agree that the picture is bad. There was a "state of our nature report" report a couple of years ago that frankly made for pretty depressing and distressing reading, see story and link at 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/22609000

Unfortunately this is part of a worldwide phenomenon too

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/ … n-pictures