The good news is that several of Britain’s most endangered species are no longer on the red list: bittern, avocet, osprey, stone-curlew and cirl bunting have all benefited from targeted conservation. Red kites and sea eagles are recovering rapidly thanks to successful reintroduction programmes. The bad news is that four out of every ten common birds in Britain are declining, notably the nightingale, skylark, swift, guillemot and house sparrow.
This is the conclusion of the State of the UK’s birds report produced by a coalition of Britain’s leading conservation bodies. The challenge for the next decade will be to understand why so many species are dwindling, with an emphasis on international cooperation. And hopefully there’s still time to save the common scoter from disappearing. RSPB