SAVING SONGBIRDS WITH SCIENCE
Registered Charity Number: 1085281
Wild bird numbers are an important Government Quality of Life Indicator
Yet there has been a crash in our rural and urban songbird
population over the last 40 years
The Prevailing View:
Habitat Loss & Modern Farming
THIS IS MISLEADING BECAUSE
Broadleaf woodland has increased by a third since1947
Hedgerows increased 11% between 1990 & 2007
Over 70% of farmland is in Environmental Stewardship
(costing over £400 million and still not delivering)
Our Songbird population should be increasing BUT IT IS NOT
• Predator & Scavenger numbers at record levels
• Unnatural abundance & density of predators / scavengers ignored
Lesser Redpoll down 89%
Tree Sparrow down 96%
Bullfinch down 45%
Songthrush down 50%
Skylark down 63%
Whether you live in a city, a leafy suburb, or out in the country, you will be aware that the dawn chorus is but a whisper of what it used to be as the songbird population has declined in almost all areas over the last thirty six years.
What has happened?
The whole of the environment of Great Britain is effectively man-made. We feel we have a responsibility to ensure that the environment is managed for the benefit of all our flora and fauna. The only way we can do this is to better understand our birds and their problems through scientific research.
PO Box 311
Phone: 01379 641715
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