Tuesday, 10th December 2013
The State of the UK’s Birds 2013
Source: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
From Press Release:
The latest State of the UK's Birds report, published today, reveals many of our most familiar countryside birds are undergoing sweeping changes with some experiencing 'plummeting population declines', compared with the 1990s.
It is now known that in some parts of the UK these birds have disappeared completely.
A section of the report looks at the UK's 107 most widespread and common breeding birds. Of these species, 16 have declined by more than one third since 1995, including the willow tit, starling, cuckoo, lapwing, whinchat and wood warbler.
Many of these species are reliant on habitats in the so-called 'wider countryside' rather than being maintained on special sites, such as nature reserves.
Of particular concern, is that the numbers of both grey partridge and turtle dove have halved since 1995. The unique British race of the yellow wagtail - a bright 'yellow-headed' version, whose population is found almost entirely in the UK - has declined by 45 per cent over the same period.
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