The latest revelations about the state our wildlife are disturbing.
The experts have warned that Northern Ireland will fail to meet its own targets by 2016, and despite measures put in place to halt the loss of the most treasured species, our wildlife in the countryside and the sea remains in decline.
A report by the Northern Ireland Biodiversity Group has indicated that nearly 300 plants and animals are classed as “priority species’ in need of protection, but the statistics about their survival or decline are hard to find.
The overall lack of sufficient information is partly because those people responsible for following through on protection plans are not delivering. The answer, surely, is for the Government to make this a practical priority and not just a wish list.