06:30Thursday 10 December 2015
Puffins, turtle doves and pochard (a duck) are among 11 bird species which have been classified as vulnerable by the world’s leading international conservation organisation.
Inclusion in the ‘red list’ produced by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a sign that a species is heading towards extinction.
‘Survey work undertaken by Manx BirdLife and other wildlife charities, in addition to birdwatchers’ reported sightings, is crucial in highlighting declines in order for conservation action to be taken,’ said Manx BirdLife chief operating officer Dora Querido.
‘The data people submit through our Garden Birdwatch scheme and general sightings hold importance in the long term at a higher level, for which we are very grateful.
‘The other eight bird species relevant to the Isle of Man that are also causing concern are redwing and bar-tailed godwit which winter on the island, knot, a passage migrant, plus eider, razorbill, oystercatcher, lapwing and meadow pipit all of which are breeding species regularly recorded on yearly surveys.