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State of Birds in Wales 2018 cover

State of birds in Wales 2018

The latest State of birds in Wales report shows mixed fortunes. Urban populations of House Sparrow, Feral Pigeon and Collared Dove show increases, along with woodland bird populations, whilst both lowland and upland farmland birds continue to fall. Welsh House Martins are holding their own but Starlings are in steep decline. Read more here
Blackcap by John Dunn

Scottish Terrestrial Breeding Bird Indicator

The latest update of the Indicator for Terrestrial Breeding Birds in Scotland has just been published. More than 80% of woodland bird species have shown marked increases. Farmland birds are up 14%, whilst the trend for upland birds shows a decline of almost 20%. Chiffchaff and Blackcap show some of the largest increases, with Dotterel and Curlew showing serious falls in numbers. Read more here.
Swift by Dennis Atherton

BirdTrends report 2018

The latest BirdTrends report makes for interesting reading, and suggests that Swift could potentially be moved from the amber to red list as a bird in need of conservation action when the list is next updated, and a move from green to red for Greenfinch. It’s not all bad news, 23 species have shown a doubling in population size over varying periods of time. Read more here.

Brian Marsh and Award winners by Jake Davis

BTO Marsh Awards 2018

The five Marsh Awards for Ornithology, and the Dilys Breese Medal for communication, were handed to six very deserving recipients at a glittering ceremony at the launch of the Natural Eye 2018 exhibition in the Mall Gallery, London.  Dr Juliet Vickery (Ornithology) and Louis Driver (Young Ornithologist) were amongst those honoured. Read more here.