25 Aug '11, 1pm

Farmland birds in Europe fall to lowest levels: Farmland bird populations across Europe are at their lowest leve...

Farmland birds in Europe fall to lowest levels: Farmland bird populations across Europe are at their lowest leve...

The Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme has compiled population figures for 145 common and widespread bird species in 25 European countries between 1980 and 2009. Amongst those species covered, farmland birds are the most threatened group, with 20 out of 36 species in decline, and overall numbers at an all-time low, down by 48% since 1980. Some of the species that have declined the most over the last three decades include familiar farmland birds like Grey Partridge Perdix perdix (–82%), Skylark Alauda arvensis (–46%), Linnet Carduelis cannabina (–62%) and Corn Bunting Miliaria calandra (–66%). Conservationists say the results prove the need for urgent reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) so that it rewards and encourages farmers who put conservation measures in place on their land. Proposals for the upcoming reform of the CAP are set to be published in Oct...

Full article: http://www.birdlife.org/community/2011/08/farmland-birds-...

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