Report: UK Failing To Protect Territories Wildlife

January 17, 2014

The United Kingdom is not doing enough to protect endangered species in Bermuda and its other overseas territories, according to a report in The Guardian.

The report focuses on the contention by UK MPs on the environmental audit committee [EAC] that only 0.3 percent of the government’s biodiversity conservation budget is spent on species in overseas territories, despite those territories accounting for 90 percent of the biodiversity for which the United Kingdom is responsible.

An endangered European eel in captivity:


According to the report, “Off Bermuda, the mysterious and endangered European eel is thought to breed, before beginning its transoceanic migration, while the critically endangered mountain chicken – actually a massive carnivorous frog – has an important stronghold on Montserrat.”

How the report will affect the spending of the UK’s biodiversity conservation budget remains to be seen.

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  1. Valirie Marcia Akinstall says:

    This is a very interesting article.

    Now here is where environmental organisations can seek funding for their projects from the UK government. It’s funds that you are entitled to as you are the ones responsibility for our wildlife and their environment in Bermuda. Although to their (UK government) defence, Bermuda has been doing an excellent job without their funding. However, it is for the benefit of our wildlife.

    London, England

  2. We Bermudian research scientists at the Bermuda Zoological Society rely on UK-based opportunities for funding such as the Darwin-Plus grant from DEFRA. That said, competition is fierce and any increase in available opportunities, either in-island or from the UK, will supplement our capacity to study and understand our local species and habitats and how to best manage and conserve them for the benefit of all Bermudians.