HC Deb 09 June 2004 vol 422 cc440-1W
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. [165260]

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.

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