Sir – The State of Nature conservation report shows a dramatic decline in UK wildlife that should act as a wake-up call for all of us.

Due primarily to human activity, 60 per cent of UK species have declined in just 50 years.

We are now in real danger of not only of losing the wonderful species we all love and which make the UK so special, but we are threatening our own long-term prosperity and well-being which depends on a healthy, fully functioning and biologically diverse environment. I hope that the Government will heed this warning and finally start to fully address this ecological crisis.

Paul Hughes, Carterton