As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

More land breeding birds recorded

An increase in the number of onshore breeding birds over almost two decades has been hailed by the Environment Minister.

The overall population of land-based birds, known as terrestrial birds, rose by 12% between 1994 and 2012, according to figures published by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

The largest increase was among woodland birds, up 56%, while t he abundance of farmland birds has risen 10% since the mid-1990s.

But upland birds fared less well, with populations declining by 18%, the figures show.

The reasons for the changes are not clear, although improved weather during the 2011 breeding season may have helped bird populations recover from the harsher winters of 2009 and 2010.

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