New report on the state of the UK’s birds
Since 1999, the state of the UK’s birds (SUKB) reports have provided an annual overview of the status of bird populations in the UK and its Overseas Territories. They include trends for as many of the UK’s regularly occurring species as possible.
This year’s SUKB reports on the latest assessment of the status of the UK’s breeding and non-breeding bird species. These are listed in Birds of Conservation Concern 4 (BoCC4), published in December 2015. Species were assessed against a set of objective criteria in order to be placed on the Green, Amber or Red lists – indicating increasing levels of conservation concern.
More than a quarter of the UK’s bird species are now on the Red list, and this report highlights some of the species that have been reclassified since the last review in 2009, as well as those groups of species for which there are particular concerns.