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.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Kingfishers face being wiped out: Species and 37 others including puffins and curlew on list of British birds at risk of extinction

37 species of birds that occur regularly in the UK face extinction 
Across Europe one in five species face being wiped out according to study
EU and BirdLife International has published its 'red list' of birds at risk
They include the puffin, kingfisher, herring gull, lapwing, red grouse and curlew 

PUBLISHED: 23:12, 3 June 2015 | UPDATED: 00:17, 4 June 2015

British birds such as the puffin and kingfisher are at risk of extinction, a new study warns.

The colourful kingfisher was once a common sight on our riverbanks but is now among the 37 species in danger of dying out. 

Others include the herring gull, lapwing, curlew and red grouse.

And across Europe, nearly one in five bird species face being wiped out, according to a recent assessment.

Climate change, habitat loss and changing land management have all been blamed for the decline in many species.

The puffin, pictured off the coast of Northumberland, is now among 37 species of birds in danger of dying out, a study has warned

The colourful kingfisher, pictured above catching a fish , was once a common sight on our river banks

The figures come from a newly published European Red List of Birds, which was put together following an assessment carried out by a consortium, led by BirdLife International.

The assessment, funded by the European Commission, has revealed that per cent of 451 European bird species are now considered to be at risk of extinction across Europe.

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