By Western Daily Press | Posted: October 25, 2014
By JEFF WELLS
Wildlife-friendly farming schemes should be given more Government funding, conservation groups have said, after the latest wild bird survey showed continuing declines.
Farmland specialist species were particularly badly hit, falling to a new low 56 per cent below the 1970 figure.
That prompted the RSPB to demand more work to help the survival of specialist species, building on work that has seen the rate of decline slow in recent years, to nine percent since 2007.
But that still puts them worst off against woodland or marine cousins, with the overall picture showing a 12 percent decline in the longer-term, slowing to 5 per cent since 2007.
The RSPB said yesterday it wants Defra to make "every pound count" by directing funding towards those farmers who can make the greatest contribution towards conserving farmland wildlife and those who have the potential to start restoring farmland bird populations.