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Nature Conservation

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many wildlife species in England were classified as at risk in each of the last 10 years. (257481)

‘At risk’ is not an official threat category for species either internationally or within England. The Government does, however, maintain a list of species of principal importance for the conservation of biological diversity in England under section 41 of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006.

The species on the section 41 list are almost entirely the English components of the UK Biodiversity Action Plan priority species, which were selected using criteria based on international importance, rapid decline and high risk. From 1999 to 2008, the section 41 list contained 473 species. In 2008 it was revised and now contains 943 species.