Monday, November 28, 2011

Woodland #Birds Join Extinction Danger List

Though widespread 40 years ago, both willow tit and lesser spotted woodpecker populations have dropped by 91% and 76% respectively since the 1970s. What is not clear are the reasons for the decline and the birds are to be monitored to to try to discover  why they are struggling. The long-eared owl, short-eared owl and Arctic skua have also been added to the list of 'at risk' species by The Rare Breeding Birds Panel and experts are now tracking 103 species of rare birds. They are asking bird watchers to submit records if they see any of the birds which are on the at-risk register.  


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