Scotland: will bird species vanish?


This is an Eurasian curlew video.

From The Scotsman:

Will these birds vanish from Scotland?

JONATHAN LESSWARE

THE Scottish populations of seven species of bird have significantly declined in the past decade, according to a new report.

Numbers of kestrel, lapwing [see also here] and curlew plummeted by between a quarter and almost half between 1994 and 2005 while oystercatcher numbers fell by 22 per cent and the meadow pipit saw a drop of 18 per cent.

All five birds are on the “amber” warning list because of fears that their populations will decline further in future.

The Breeding Bird Survey, which is administered by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), also saw the number of swifts fall by 34 per cent and hooded crows drop by 37 per cent, although their decline has not been over a long enough period to put them on a warning list.

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