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Last Updated: Thursday June 07 2007 06:47 GMT

Animals at risk living in Britain

A red squirrel

The number of endangered animals in Britain has almost doubled over the past 15 years, say wildlife experts.

Water voles, red squirrels and skylarks are among more than 1,149 species that have been identified as endangered or under threat.

The list, which also includes several insects and spiders, has been put together by the government and wildlife charities.

They want to increase our awareness of conservation and the animals at risk.

Matt Shardlow from the Invertebrate Conservation Trust, Buglife, said the animals' homes in the wild were also under threat.

"What we need to do is to address the habitats as well as the species," he said.

"We need to start to put some of these habitats back into the countryside and get them into good condition so that the species are able to spread and thrive."



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