Geographical : 2020-10-01

DOSSIER : 20 : 20

DOSSIER

DOSSIER Bird declines pace, particular­ly in the tropics, where demand for commoditie­s such as coffee, cocoa, sugar, palm oil and soya has seen land use change. In Europe and the USA, land that has long been farmed has become even more intensivel­y industrial­ised and less bird friendly. As Harper puts it, this creates the ‘biggest challenge’ as it involves competitio­n between the need to grow food and the need to allow the natural world to function. So severe are the pressures facing UK birds that the RSPB says it has effectivel­y had to triage certain groups 20 . Geographic­al

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