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Animal species in fastest decline worldwide

Hedgehog populations declined by three quarters in urban areas of the UK between 2002 and 2014, thought be due to factors including habitat loss, pesticides reducing their prey and vehicle deaths.

In pictures: The animal species in fastest decline around the world

Wildlife populations are in dramatic decline around the world, according to a new report.

Shock findings released today showed that global wildlife populations have fallen by 60% since 1970 as humans overuse natural resources, drive climate change and pollute the planet.

WWF has called for an ambitious “global deal” for nature and people, similar to the international Paris Agreement to tackle climate change, as the conservation charity’s new report spelled out the damage being done to the natural world.

Only a quarter of the world’s land area is free from the impacts of human activity and by 2050 that will have fallen to just a tenth, the Living Planet Report 2018 says.

Overall, populations of more than 4,000 species of mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and amphibians have declined by an average of 60% between 1970 and 2014, the most recent year for which data is available.

Tropical areas have seen the worst declines, with an 89% fall in populations monitored in Latin America and the Caribbean since 1970.

Pictured in this gallery are some examples of species being affected, according to WWF. (Pics: PA/Getty/Rex)