28 Jul '15, 7am

Scientists prove EU bird laws save threatened species

Scientists prove EU bird laws save threatened species

The European Union’s Birds Directive – often believed to be one of the world’s most progressive and successful set of nature conservation laws – has had a huge impact in protecting Europe’s most threatened bird species, according to new research by the Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB ; BirdLife in the UK ), BirdLife International and Durham University in England. “We analysed information on all bird species breeding across the European Union”, said Dr Fiona Sanderson, RSPB scientist and lead author of the paper. “Our findings confirm that species with the highest level of protection under the Birds Directive [listed in Annex I ]… are more likely to have increasing populations, and that these results are most apparent in countries that have been members of the European Union for longer.” While this may sound natural, the study, published in the journal Conservat...

Full article: http://www.birdlife.org/europe-and-central-asia/news/scie...

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