UK’s mud-loving birds sinking quick


Wading birds within the UK have proven extreme declines during the last 25 years, with many of them nonetheless struggling, in response to a brand new report.

The newest BTO/JNCC/RSPB Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) report supplies a stark warning for our breeding waders. The UK holds internationally necessary numbers of breeding waders and it’s worrying to report their continued decline – Redshank is down by 49%, Curlew and Lapwing by 48%, Widespread Sandpiper by 28% and Oystercatcher by 22% during the last 25 years.

For a lot of of those wader species, land administration measures comparable to delicate woodland and forestry planning, water stage management, the creation or restoration of moist areas and implementing useful grazing practices and delaying grassland mowing regimes may also help enhance breeding productiveness domestically.

Predation impacts in lots of areas can restrict breeding success for some wader species, comparable to Curlew and Lapwing. Waders are additionally affected by new forestry inside necessary breeding areas, which take away the open landscapes they should nest and might act as a driver of excessive predation strain.

Lapwing nest in upland and lowland grasslands and moorlands, together with spring-sown crops. Farmers may also help by offering a mosaic of nesting and damp feeding habitats and creating ‘lapwing plots’ amongst crop fields.

Redshank, copyright Glyn Sellors, from the surfbirds galleries 

Oystercatchers breed each inland and on the coast and analysis means that at some UK coastal websites, they might be negatively impacted by shellfish harvesting.

Widespread Sandpiper usually favour the sides of streams, rivers, lakes, reservoirs and lochs. The problems dealing with the species are as but unclear; some ideas embody disturbance by people throughout the breeding season, together with pressures in their West African wintering grounds or alongside migration routes, however extra work is wanted to research the decline.

It isn’t all dangerous information although. General, 39 species had statistically vital long-term will increase within the UK, with Little Egret, a latest colonist of the UK from Europe, seeing its numbers enhance by 2,380%. Purple Kites are additionally doing properly, up by 1,935% between 1995 and 2020, after being reintroduced to England, Scotland and Northern Eire.

Sarah Harris, BBS Organiser at BTO, stated “We’ve been overwhelmed by the assist of BBS volunteers throughout the UK in 2021. Following the challenges confronted, each private and with authorities restrictions because of the COVID19 pandemic, it was improbable to see the survey protection bounce-back in 2021, permitting UK inhabitants tendencies to be calculated as soon as once more. Thanks to everybody concerned within the survey. The information BBS volunteers gather actually does make a distinction for chicken conservation prioritisation, and in influencing and monitoring coverage selections.”

Paul Woodcock, JNCC, stated, “Knowledge sources such because the Breeding Bird Survey are actually key for figuring out modifications in nature and understanding the consequences of various administration interventions. This highlights the impression that land use selections can have on nature conservation efforts. These kinds of insights actually reveal the worth of the large-scale, long-term datasets created via surveys such because the BBS and the large significance of volunteers concerned in them. Thanks to everybody who contributes.”

Simon Wotton, RSPB Senior Conservation Scientist, stated “While the outcomes listed below are sobering, the Breeding Bird Survey highlights the necessity for good information within the position of conservation. The outcomes of this survey, together with many different improbable surveys, feed into nationwide assessments comparable to Birds of Conservation Concern. This enables nature organisations and governmental our bodies to establish which species ought to urgently be prioritised for motion.”

The BBS Report 2021 feeds again data on 118 variety of species, to learn the full report, please go to


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