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William Wordsworth, poet, 1770-1850

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

One in five UK mammals at risk of extinction

Level: upper-intermediate B2

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A  number of mammal species have been put on the Red List in the United Kingdom.

Read this short BBC article about it and and then answer the following questions:

1) How many species have been put on the red list?
2) By how much has the hedgehog population declined over the past 20 years?
3) How many biological records were examined for the survey?
4) What are the three categories that are included in 'threatened'?
5) Which three species are 'critically endangered'?

And a bonus question:
Which marsupial is now found in Britain? (You will have to do some extra research for this one! Try the Mammal Society website)

Answers below!

1) 12
2) Almost 70%

3) 1.5m
4) critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable
5) wildcat, greater mouse-eared bat, black rat

Bonus question:
red-necked wallaby

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