One in four French species dying out

More than a quarter of all native species in France are extinct or in danger of vanishing – and human activity has been blamed.

There is less birdsong, fewer animals and small mammals are seen, and there are real fears for the future of common species.

Iberian Ibex

European mink, the goldfinch, common frog, European polecat, Eurasian lynx, northern snipe, Iberian ibex, bearded vulture, sperm whale and corals are all in danger, the Agence Française pour la Biodiversité says in its Chiffres-clés de la bio-diversité 2018 (Key Figures on Biodiversity) report.

A third of land and sea mammals, such as the polecat and the common seal, could also vanish, up from a quarter under threat in 2009.

Naturalist Antoine Lév­êque heads the ecology ministry’s biodiversity ...

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