By WMNPBowern | Posted: October 29, 2015
Lapwing, in danger of extinction
Farmers hold the key to saving the Westcountry’s most threatened bird species, Britain’s biggest conservation charity said today.
The RSPB said farmers had stepped in before to make special efforts to ensure the survival of at-risk birds – and they could do so again.
The charity’s spokesman in the South West, Tony Whitehead, was responding to a report from the government into the state of farmland birds – and to international research into UK species at risk.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature this week added turtle doves and lapwings to its red list of endangered birds. Meanwhile the government's farmland bird indicator reveals a 2% increase in farmland birds in 2014 – although there has been a decline of over 50% since the 1970s.
But Mr Whitehead praised the efforts of farmers in the past who had made strenuous efforts to pull threatened bird populations out of the danger zone – and called on them to help out again.