The local decline of many birds, insects and some mammals has prompted Bristol to declare an ecological emergency. The mayor, Marvin Rees, and leaders from local organisations and attractions met on a hill in the city on Tuesday to make the declaration. The city council said some bird species such as swifts and starlings had almost entirely vanished from Bristol. As in many cities and towns across the UK, there have also been worrying losses of bees and other insects, as well as mammals including hedgehogs and bats. Two years ago Bristol became the first UK authority to declare a climate emergency. Over the next few months a plan will be developed to tackle the ecological emergency, and the hope is that the eye-catching announcement will prompt organisations to take action.
Guardian 4th Feb 2020 read more »