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Quarter of native UK mammals at imminent risk of extinction

First official endangered list includes wildcat, red squirrel, water vole and hedgehog

A quarter of Britain’s native mammals are “at imminent risk of extinction”, according to the scientists who have compiled the nation’s first official Red List of endangered species.

The 11 mammals include creatures of the mountains, woodlands and rivers, such as the wildcat, red squirrel, water vole, hazel dormouse and hedgehog.

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