WA­TER­BIRDS’ SUR­VEY

Bird Watching (UK) - - News Wire -

ONE OF THE world’s long­est-run­ning and most glob­ally ex­ten­sive bio­di­ver­sity mon­i­tor­ing pro­grammes, the In­ter­na­tional Wa­ter­birds Census, is cel­e­brat­ing 50 years. It saw thou­sands of Wet­land Bird Sur­vey vol­un­teers across Bri­tain and Ire­land head­ing out to count waders, wild­fowl and other wa­ter­birds at their lo­cal lakes and es­tu­ar­ies, and, in a typ­i­cal Jan­uary, more than three mil­lion birds are recorded, 10% of the yearly global to­tal. This num­ber shows just how im­por­tant the Bri­tish Isles are to so many of Europe’s wa­ter­birds. This win­ter’s sur­vey was com­bined with a spe­cial Non-es­tu­ar­ine Wa­ter­bird Sur­vey aimed at in­creas­ing our knowl­edge of cer­tain species.

This num­ber shows just how im­por­tant the Bri­tish Isles are to so many of Europe’s wa­ter­birds.

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