00:01, 29 OCT 2015
BY EMILY BEAMENT
Atlantic puffins, European turtle doves, pochards and Slavonian grebes were flagged up by the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List
Puffins and turtle doves are among four UK bird species now at risk of global extinction, according to a new international assessment.
Atlantic puffins, European turtle doves, Slavonian grebes and pochards have been listed as vulnerable to extinction in the latest annual revision of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species for birds.
It brings the number of UK species at risk of global extinction to eight, while another 14 UK species are considered to be “near threatened” - which means further declines in their fortunes could see them under threat of dying out.
There is even worse news for African vultures, according to the IUCN Red List, which shows that six species are now facing a higher risk of extinction as a result of poisoning, use in traditional medicine and targeting by poachers to hide illegal animal kills.