Mixed for­tunes for breed­ing birds

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There’s mixed news for ter­res­trial breed­ing birds in Scot­land, ac­cord­ing to Scot­tish Na­tional Her­itage’s lat­est fig­ures. The fig­ures have been ar­rived at by us­ing a smoothed in­dex sys­tem to take ac­count of short term fluc­tu­a­tions caused by bad weather and sim­i­lar fac­tors, mak­ing it eas­ier to see long term trends. Over the pe­riod 1994-2015, the in­dex has shown an in­crease in num­bers un­til 2007 over the 66 species sur­veyed, with a slight de­crease af­ter that. Wood­land birds seem to have done es­pe­cially well, with a 68% in­crease over the 1994 base­line fig­ure, with farm­land birds show­ing a 22% in­crease de­spite fluc­tu­a­tions. Up­land birds, how­ever, such as Black Grouse and Curlew, have seen a down­ward trend of about 14% over the long term. To view all the sta­tis­tics and find out more, go to http://bit.ly/2fuo­tys Co­quet Is­land, home to the largest colony of Roseate Terns in the UK, is nor­mally off lim­its to visi­tors. This iso­la­tion is the main rea­son that Roseate Tern num­bers are in­creas­ing there, and why the is­land holds more Puffins than any other RSPB reserve. How­ever, thanks to Na­tional Lot­tery play­ers and Vir­tual Re­al­ity Tech­nol­ogy, visi­tors to Bemp­ton Cliffs RSPB in York­shire can now ex­pe­ri­ence what it is like to be on Co­quet with­out caus­ing any dis­tur­bance to the wildlife. Vir­tual re­al­ity head­sets trans­port the vis­i­tor to the heart of the is­land with a 360 de­gree view of the rare seabirds that call Co­quet home. The ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til Fe­bru­ary, and in­cludes live feeds from Co­quet onto the big screens at Bemp­ton. Ad­mis­sion is free. For more in­for­ma­tion go to rspb.org.uk/be­mp­ton­cliffs

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