MEP be­comes Bewick’s Swans ‘species cham­pion’

Bird Watching (UK) - - News Wire -

Bewick’s Swans now have a political cham­pion in the form of Julie Gir­ling, MEP for the South West. She re­cently met with con­ser­va­tion­ists from the WWT and the RSPB at Slim­bridge to dis­cuss the fate of the swans, whose num­bers have de­clined by more than a third since the 1990s. Both or­gan­i­sa­tions warmly wel­comed Mrs Gir­ling to her new role as Species Cham­pion for Bewick’s Swans, with the hope that her in­flu­ence will en­sure the fu­ture of both the species and of the EU Na­ture Di­rec­tives, cur­rently un­der re­view by the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment. The MEP said that the de­cline of the swan, which vis­its 12 Euro­pean coun­tries on its mi­gra­tion be­tween Rus­sia and the UK ev­ery year, was a “tragedy”, adding that it was es­sen­tial that “we work across bor­ders to en­sure the preser­va­tion of mi­gra­tory birds.”

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