25 Apr '11, 4pm

Steep decline in migratory birds in the UK likely caused by land changes, scientists say

25 Apr 2011: Decline in Migratory Birds in UK Likely Caused by Land Changes, Group Says UK scientists say that a steep decline in the number of migratory birds arriving each spring from Africa — including cuckoos, nightingales and turtle doves — is likely the result of land pressures on both ends of RSCB A nightingale the birds’ annual migrations. Since 1995, the number of turtle doves returning to UK woodlands from their African wintering grounds has dropped 71 percent, while the number of nightingales has fallen 53 percent and cuckoos 44 percent, said Danaë Sheehan, a senior conservation scientist with the UK-based Royal Society for the Conservation of Birds (RSCB). While the specific causes are unknown, Sheehan said changing land uses in the UK and the loss of habitat and growing human populations in Africa are likely causes. Also, scientists say many bird species are i...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/decline_in_migratory_birds_in...

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