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Farm and wood bird numbers fall

Yellowhammer have decreased by 40% since 1994 (photo: RSPB)

Farmland and woodland birds in Wales are in “huge decline” – in some cases decreasing by nearly 60%, says the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

Since 1994 starlings have decreased by 58%, yellowhammer by 40% and curlew by 46%, say RSPB Cymru ina report published today.

The report The State of Birds in Wales has been published in the charity’s centenary year.

According to the report, some rare breeding birds are doing well whilst others are giving us a cause for concern.

It's not all gloom - avocet numbers are slowly increasing (photo: RSPB)

On the increase is the bearded tit, which has bred at two sites in Wales since 2005, before which it had not bred at all since1988. Avocet numbers are also slowly increasing after the rare birds began breeding in 2003.

Ian Johnstone, RSPB Cymru Senior Conservation Scientist says: “The picture is not only one of doom and gloom, as work is being done to improve the future for many bird species.

“It’s particularly encouraging to see increasing numbers of some rare breeding birds such as avocet and bearded tit on our nature reserves where the conditions they need can be provided.”


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