Thousands also supported the movement to declare a “national nature emergency” to keep many native species from becoming extinct.
A petition endorsing the move in just two days has been signed by almost 7,000 individuals.
Members of the Scottish Parliament will be asked tonight to endorse the declaration (Wed.). Following repeated warnings about the rapid loss of biodiversity and species distribution, habitat loss and ecosystem degradation, the motion is being brought before Parliament, with one in nine species at risk of extinction in Scotland.
Holyrood will be discussing the call for legislation to allow “full recovery of nature by 2045”
WWF Scotland, RSPB Scotland and Scottish Environment Connection, the environmental and wildlife protection organisations, have also called on MSPs to support the bill.
In November 2018, they announced that endangered species such as the red squirrel, some prey birds and marine mammals are at risk because after the UK leaves Europe, no action is taken to ensure that important environmental safeguards are in place in Scotland.
One of the issues posed by Scottish Environment LINK (SEL) is that no mechanism exists to replace the LIFE Nature Fund of the European Commission, which has allocated £ 25 million over 25 years to Scotland to finance more than 25 important conservation projects to protect the country’s vulnerable wildlife and landscape.
They claimed that all projects are at risk unless alternative funding is found by government matching contributions or otherwise if there is no way through Brexit negotiations to continue access to the fund.
Brexit threatens to wipe out the rareest animals in Scotland and endanger iconic landscapes.
“There’s no doubt we’ve created a wildlife emergency, so admitting it would be a brave first step to fixing it.”We have no doubt created a wildlife emergency, so admitting it would be a brave first step in fixing it.
If passed, the bill would make Scotland the first country to officially recognize the decline of biodiversity, and to fix it, urgent action is required.
Mark Ruskell, environmental spokesperson for the Scottish Green Party, commented, “Parliament must declare a natural emergency tonight as a first step to reverse the alarming decline of wildlife in Scotland.”
The video by Scottish Natural Heritage is devoted to red squirrels.
I am sure that the fact that Scotland’s nature is in a state of emergency would be acknowledged by MSPs, so the next steps must be to avoid species extinction and create a network on land and in the sea so that nature can recover.
“Scotland has a unique opportunity to lead the way in stopping biodiversity loss, but if we act we can also stimulate a green economic recovery with targeted rural support and new jobs.”
Approximately one in nine species across Scotland is at risk, according to the latest Nature of Scotland report.
And more than 40 of the most endangered coastal and island species are expected to be saved, from the huge yellow bumblebee and natterjack toad to the Scottish primrose and lesser tern.
The Red List of Endangered Species has been compiled by a four-and-a-half-year collaboration project, concerned about a ‘unprecedented rate of species loss.’
Approximately 19 are threatened by change in land use, eight are threatened by climate change and the remainder by a variety of factors such as deforestation, introduced non-native species and exploitation.
The Biodiversity on the Edge initiative, a Scottish Natural Heritage partnership project involving Amphibian and Reptile Protection, The Bat Conservation Trust, Buglife, The Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Plantlife Scotland and RSPB Scotland, seeks to bring the coasts and islands of Scotland to life with conservation action.