The latest report on the State of the UK's Birds has been released, and shows mixed forturnes for the UK's bird populations. Whilst targeted conservation work has improved the status of some species, there has been an overall increase in the number of red listed species.
Among the success stories is the Barn Owl, which has moved from being Amber listed as a species of conservation concern to the Green list for species of least concern, reflecting targeted conservation work in many areas, including Essex. Red Kites and Green Woodpeckers are also moved to the Green list. However, other iconic species have not fared so well. Of particular concern are wading, and farmland birds, with Curlews and Ringed Plovers joining Tree Sparrows, Grey Partridges and Lapwing on the Red List. Nightingales have also declined since monitoring of them began in 1994 and so are now also red listed.
The full report can be accessed via the RSPB here.