HOPES RAISED FOR FARM­LAND BIRDS

Bird Watching (UK) - - News Wire -

The lat­est Wild Bird Pop­u­la­tions in the UK re­port, cov­er­ing 2015, from the BTO, shows some cause for cau­tious op­ti­mism about farm­land birds. Farm­land birds have been de­clin­ing since the late 1970s in the UK, but be­tween 2014 and 2015 the farm­land bird in­di­ca­tor showed a sig­nif­i­cant 6% in­crease, mainly due to an in­crease in the in­di­ca­tor for farm­land gen­er­al­ist species. Farm­land spe­cial­ist species – those highly de­pen­dent on farm­land habi­tat – did not show a sig­nif­i­cant change. It is un­clear whether this is merely a short-term blip, or what might be re­spon­si­ble for the change. Amanda Trask, re­search ecol­o­gist at the BTO, said: “This is great news but we shouldn’t get too car­ried away. These short-term up­turns are against a back­drop of long-term de­cline and we still have a long way to go be­fore our birds are out of trou­ble.”

50-plus % - the pro­por­tion of UK farm­land birds lost since 1970

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