Farmland Birds Decreasing in Wales
According to the RSPB, species of farmland and woodland birds in Wales are in huge decline, with some species having decreased by up to 60%. According to RSPB Cymru, starling numbers in the Principality have decreased by 58% since 1994 whereas curlews have suffered declines of 46%. Despite this bad news, the society claims that there have been some positive developments – apparently rarer birds such as the avocet and the bearded tit have seen their numbers rise. According to Ian Johnstone, RSPB Cymru’s senior conservation scientist, reasons for the declines are unclear, although changes in habitat are the most likely causes.