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
Great spotted woodpecker
Lesser spotted woodpecker