The state of the UK’s birds 2013

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on December 15, 2013

“This is the 14th The state of the UK’s birds (SUKB) report. Published in 2013, it contains results from annual, periodic and one-off surveys and studies from as recently as 2012. It draws on many sources of information to give an up-to-date overview of the health of bird populations in the UK and its Overseas Territories. The UK wild bird indicator is an important, high-level measure of the state of biodiversity in the UK. It is also used to measure the country’s progress towards sustainable development goals. It shows broad trends in bird populations within four habitats along with an “all species” line. However, it should be remembered that within these lines there can be great variation in the trends of individual species, with some prospering while others are declining. The individual species trends that feed into the indicators can be found on pages 9–12 (for common breeding birds including those in the farmland, woodland and wetland indicators) and page 32 (for seabirds). The good news is that there has been a slight upturn in the woodland indicator, although it remains below its start value. However, the farmland bird indicator remains stalled at less than half its 1970 value, and the wetland and seabird indicators  have both shown recent declines.” [for M&M]

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