Since 1966 UK bird population has decline by 44 million which amounts to just under a million birds a year (over 45 years), which is dismal November news indeed.
Yesterday (November 19th) the RSPB published their most extensive survey of the UK’s bird populations over the last 4 decades (including data from 2011); ‘The state of the UK’s birds 2012’.
SUKB2012, as it is also known, is a collaborative affair between NGO’s
and the UK’s governmental nature conservation agencies: RSPB, BTO, WWT, NE, NIEA, SNH and JNCC.
The report uses a mix of indicators to assess the populations of wild
birds, seabirds and wintering birds throughout the UK and overseas
territories. All species are given a conservation status (red, amber or
green) in accordance with the criteria set out in the BTO’s document Birds of Conservation 3, 2009.
View the full story on the British Ecological Society blog here.