Herbicides to Blame for UK's Declining Turtle Dove Population

The number of turtle dove (Streptopelia turtur) breeding pairs in the UK has dropped to a record low of 14,000, making an 84 percent drop since 1995."The turtle dove is the fastest declining bird in the country [England] and within ten years we could lose this icon of the British countryside completely,” said a spokesman for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Turtle doves in the United Kingdom are found in just a few areas of Southern England and migrate during the winter toward Africa.

The population of 28 British bird species more than halved over periods of 31–48 years

The 20th annual BirdTrends report highlights the rapid decline of the greenfinch, whose population has dropped by 59pc in the UK in just ten years. Bird experts say the decline is caused by a widespread and severe outbreak of a disease called trichomonosis, which first affected bird populations in 2006. The steepest long-term populations declines measured are for Turtle Dove, Tree Sparrow, Willow Tit, Grey Partridge and Nightingale, which have all declined by 90% or more since 1967, as, almost certainly, has Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.

Feldvögel sind seit 1995 in Brandenburg um ein Drittel zurückgegangen

Zum Verschwinden vieler Feldvögel hat die Landesregierung auf Anfrage der Grünen-Landtagsfraktion Details herausgegeben – und die Befunde sind alarmierend: So ist der Bestand an sogenannten Agrarvögeln seit 1995 in Brandenburg um ein Drittel zurückgegangen. Einige Vogelarten sind um mehr als die Hälfte dezimiert worden – etwa Kiebitz Vanellus vanellus (minus 77 Prozent) und Feldsperling Passer montanus (minus 31 Prozent).

Massives Artensterben in Brandenburg

Die Naturschutzbehörde schlägt Alarm: In Brandenburg sind in den letzten Jahren die Bestände vieler Vogelarten stark zurückgegangen. Kiebitze (Vanellus vanellus), Rotschenkel (Tringa totanus), Uferschnepfen (Limosa limosa) und Bekassinen (Gallinago gallinago) sind inzwischen sogar vom Aussterben bedroht. Der Hauptgrund für das Vogelsterben ist laut Naturschutzbehörde die intensive Landwirtschaft, die ohne Rücksicht in den Brutgegenden vieler Vögel betrieben werde.

De ontwikkeling van Noord-Hollandse boerenlandvogels wordt bepaald door het insecten aanbod

Landschap Noord-Holland presenteert haar Jaarboek Boerenlandvogels Noord-Holland 2017. Het jaarboek schetst een beeld van de aantallen boerenlandvogels in het voorjaar van 2017. Sommige eenden van het boerenland doen het goed. Vooral het aantal broedparen krakeenden neemt al vanaf 2005 spectaculair toe. Krakeenden (Anas strepera) zijn planteneters, die foerageren langs de oevers van de wateren (o.a. op wieren op basaltblokken) waar ze verblijven. Het gaat de krakeend in Nederland voor de wind.

Farmland bird decline in the UK was 9% between 2010-15

Birds living and breeding on the UK’s farmland have seen numbers decline by almost a tenth in five years, official figures show. Farmland bird populations have declined by 56% since 1970, largely due to agricultural changes including the loss of mixed farming, a switch to autumn sowing of crops, a reduction in hay meadows and the stripping out of hedgerows.

Negen soorten broedvogels zijn in Nederland uitgestorven en 87 soorten worden nu in hun voortbestaan bedreigd

Het aantal bedreigde broedvogels in Nederland neemt toe. Er staan negen broedvogels meer op de Rode Lijst dan in de vorige publicatie in 2004. Onder meer de torenvalk (Falco tinnunculus) en de wulp (Numenius arquata) staan er nu ook op. Op basis van tellingen van Sovon Volgelonderzoek is te zien welke soorten er zijn verdwenen en welke broedvogels het snelst uitsterven.

The Yellow-Breasted Bunting is on the verge of extinction

The yellow-breasted bunting (Emberiza aureola), a once common migratory bird, has been driven to the brink of extinction in recent years. The species was reclassified as“critically endangered” on the red list of threatened species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature on Tuesday. The status is one step from the highest level of“extinct in the wild”. Back in 2000, the species was listed under“least concern”, the lowest level on the six-grade alert system.

The red-backed shrike and wryneck have disappeared from the English countryside

The red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio), once widespread over much of England and Wales, declined steadily from the middle of the 19th century onwards until the last regularly-breeding pair disappeared from Santon Downham, Norfolk, in 1989. Since that time breeding has been sporadic. It appeared that colonisation of the Scottish Highlands might be ongoing, but this faltered as with the wryneck (Jynx torquilla) , now extinct as a breeding species in the UK .

Ely and Cambridgeshire farmland bird numbers decline by 9 per cent over 5 years

Bird numbers in Ely and Cambridgeshire have declined around British farmland by almost a tenth, according to new figures released by Defra. The latest figures released on Thursday (23rd November) by the government's environmental department reveal that wild bird numbers have dropped 9% from the years between 2010 and 2015, and by almost 70% by 1970. The figures have led the RSPB to call for a shift in how the UK operates its farming policies after it leaves the EU, to a more environmentally and sustainable friendly system.