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Defra report shows decrease in breeding bird species in the UK

Defra have published their Wild Bird Index for 2009 (from 1970) and results indicate a decline in many farmland birds, woodland birds, water and wetland birds, seabirds and wintering waterbirds breeding in the UK. The following tables shows breeding birds on the rise and those falling. Here at Vine House Farm we've certainly noticed a change in the species seen on the farm and in the garden. We've actually seen a rise in the number of Tree Sparrows - due mainly to the red millet we feed and the number of nest boxes we've put up. Barn Owl and Whitethroat have also been seen in abundance. Download the full Defra report here.

Farmland Birds Woodland Birds Seabirds/waterbirds
On the rise Woodpigeon Jackdaw Goldfinch Reed bunting Blackcap Great spotted woodpecker Green woodpecker Nuthatch Sparrowhawk Wren Robin Great Tit Long-tailed tit Lesser whitethroat Siskin Guillemot Avocet Whooper swan Pink-footed goose Black-tailed godwit
Falling Grey partridge Turtle dove Starling Tree sparrow Corn bunting Yellow Wagtail Wood warbler Nightingale Willow tit Tree pipit Spotted flycatcher Lesser redpoll Lesser spotted woodpecker Blackbird Bullfinch Dunnock Song thrush Tawny owl Kittiwake Dunlin Mallard Pintail Bear-tailed godwit