§ Mr. Watson
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate her Department has made of the number of species of(a) plants and (b) animals that have become extinct in the UK in the last 25 sears. 441W
§ Mr. Bradshaw
By its very nature, extinction is very difficult to demonstrate. However, based on available information, five species of plants (one of which has been reintroduced) and eight species of animals (including four species of invertebrates) appear to have become extinct in the United Kingdom during the last 25 years.