Forestry Statistics 2010 - 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 index has generally been about 20 per cent below the level of the early 1970s, with the decline 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)

1999

96.5 95.1 102.8 99.3

94.9

101.4

2000

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

2001

98.8

99.7

100.4 97.6

97.3

97.8

2002

98.4 99.1 99.6 95.0 94.6 95.3

2003

98.8 99.1 95.6 97.8 98.1 97.6

2004

97.0 97.6 88.9 95.8 96.1 95.6

2005

99.7 96.7 92.4 102.2 103.3 101.7

2006

98.8 95.6 94.9 96.4 97.7 95.8

2007

98.2 90.4 93.3 99.8 104.8 97.6

2008

101.9 92.5 92.7 107.0 107.7 106.6

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, November 2009).

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, November 2009).

 

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