Forestry Statistics 2009 - Environment

Populations of wild birds

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The index for woodland birds was expanded in 2007 to cover 38 species, of which 12 are generalists and 26 are woodland specialists (those that breed or feed mainly or solely in woodland). Since the early 1990s the UK woodland bird indicator has remained about 20 per cent below the level in the early 1970s.  The decline was predominantly in woodland specialist species.

Table 5.3 UK populations of wild birds

Year

Total breeding birds

Farmland birds

 Seabirds

Woodland birds

Woodland generalists

Woodland specialists

index (year 2000 = 100)

1998

96.9

95.897.6101.6

88.8

108.2

1999

96.694.9101.399.2

95.0

101.3

2000

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

2001

98.9

99.5

101.597.6

97.2

98.0

2002

99.099.0101.995.194.495.6

2003

99.599.198.997.998.097.8

2004

98.397.691.095.996.295.9

2005

100.796.794.5102.2103.1101.9

2006

100.195.698.596.197.695.4
2007 98.890.295.898.4104.595.7

Source: British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

Notes:

1. Based on data in Wild Bird Populations statistics release (Defra, October 2008).

Figure 5.1 UK populations of woodland birds

Figure 5.1 UK populations of woodland birds

Source: British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

Notes:

1. Based on data in Wild Bird Populations statistics release (Defra, October 2008).


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