Reviving the ‘living dead’

Photo by Graham Watkins

Species saved

Wildlife conservation is really hard to do. It demands skill, knowledge, discipline and investment sustained over decades, during which the threats usually just keep getting bigger. It is therefore wonderful news (28 August) that 16 bird species have been pulled back from among the “living dead” – species committed to extinction because of small population sizes or vanishing habitats. It shows us that saving wild species sometimes really is possible. Many lessons can be drawn from this, along with a much-needed reason for optimism.

Julian Caldecott, published in The Independent, 31 August 2006.