Animals That Have Gone Extinct in England

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly

British butterflies are noticed to have declined drastically in the recent years. However, a particular species the pretty small tortoiseshell is seen to be in extinct. In 2013 small tortoiseshell butterfly species, was reported to have dropped in number by 77% compare to the previous ten years. A decline in the availability of its natural habitat has to lead to the extinction of most animals in England; the butterfly population precisely has struggled to be on a large scale as a result of wet springs and summers.

New Forest Cicada

Commonly associated with Mediterranean vacations, been heard in the UK. Its last stronghold in the New Forest has zeroed to silent. These insects normally seen throughout Europe, are gradually in extinction in Britain. Since the turn of the new millennium, there have not been any recorded sightings of its bug. Because their populations are now restricted to small areas of the New Forest in Hampshire.

These have left many commentators with the belief that the insect is already in extinct, but few experts say it experienced the same lull in the 1940s and 1960s, only to be sighted again. Tracing its numbers and whereabouts seems very difficult. The cicada is known to emit high-pitched songs only on sunny days in May and June. It emits very high-pitched that is imperceptible to many people, mostly to persons over the age of forty.


Turtledove the usual sound and sight that comes with the British summer, has declined in number drastically by 97% since 1970 and now falls on the Global Red list among endangered species.

Smaller in size compared to its collared dove cousins, the turtle dove is now seen only in random locations in eastern and southern part of England, where many farmers are working with the RSPB to establish feeding abode, the primary reason for the bird’s decline in number. Also, many hunters have been found guilty of killing thousands of the turtle dove in southern Europe, further increasing its population decline rate.

Conard’s Net-Winged Beetle

(A Type of Soldier Beetle)

This little beetle found only on the South Downs and in the forest of Dean/Wye Gorge area, has declined greatly. As a resulting loss of old large beech trees where it uses as its habitat. Research by Natural England at the beginning of the year shows that it is among many of the breeds of soldier beetle going on extinct, around 15% of the species has gone on extinct.

Wart-Biter Cricket

This cricket originated its name from an ancient tradition of using them to bite warts off skin, are now found only in four naturally occurring sites across Wiltshire, Dorset, and East Sussex. However, another population has been reintroduced in Kent the wart-biter is on the high extreme of extinction resulting from the loss of its abode on the chalk landscape and heathland alongside its prey.

Just like the rest of the world England has experienced animals going extinct, all of these animals have been pushed out because of a number of reasons.

New Forest Cicada