The Government's failure to meet conservation targets has resulted in British wildlife suffering a 'lost decade', with many species close to extinction, the RSPB warned.
Not enough investment has been made to protect nature, the charity said, while the UK was not meeting international goals for protecting land and sea habitats.
Analysis from the UK Government of progress towards international goals agreed in 2010 claim it has met or exceeded only five of 20 targets for this year.
However, an independent assessment by the RSPB has suggested that the UK is actually performing even worse than in the official analysis.
In fact, they warned, the Government has made either no progress or has been going in the wrong direction in six of the areas.
Britain needs to implement new, legally binding national targets — backed up with sufficient funding — to protect wildlife, the conservation charity added.
The Government's failure to meet conservation targets has resulted in British wildlife suffering a 'lost decade', with many species close to extinction, the RSPB warned. Pictured, a redshank — one of the United Kingdom's threatened bird species
The warning from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds comes on the eve of the publication of the United Nation's latest Global Biodiversity Outlook report, which will warn that the world has failed to halt declines across the natural world.
A total of 196 nations signed the so-called Aichi Biodiversity Targets in 2010 — in which they agreed to meet a series of goals to protect nature with the deadline for meeting the targets being this year.
Post-2020 targets were due to be set out during a major conference in China this year, however this has had to be postponed as a result of COVID-19.
In the United Kingdom, there has been no progress on the target to prevent extinction and improve the fortunes of threatened species, with two-fifths of species having been in decline since 1970, the RSPB has warned.
Furthermore, they charity has asserted that not enough land of ocean is being protected or managed for nature, despite the Government reporting that 28 per cent of land and 24 percent of the seas being under protection.
These figures include such designations as National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but many areas do not provide for nature, the RSPB said.
The RSPB has pointed to the overall poor health of upland peatland, an important natural habitat, as well as the Wash — England's largest Site of Special Scientific Interest — where populations of threatened birds like redshanks are in sharp decline.
Meanwhile, effective management of marine protected areas is 'severely lacking', a report from the conservation charity has warned — while public funding to protect nature has declined across the past decade.
The charity is calling for the Government to back ambitious global conservation goal and commit to conserving 30 per cent of the UK's land and seas by the year 2030.
Furthermore, they added, there needs to be a strong Fisheries