The latest report on the status of birds in Europe indicates that 13% of the 533 species assessed are threatened at the European level.
The European Red List of Birds, compiled by BirdLife International, is a review of the conservation status of all regularly occurring wild species of birds in Europe. Species were assessed using the IUCN criteria for measuring the extinction risk of a species, with the outcome showing that almost 13% of species are threatened at the European regional level: 2% Critically Endangered, 3% Endangered and 7% Vulnerable.
Bewick’s Swan is listed as Endangered, on account of the decline in population size that has occurred since the mid 1990s. Common Eider, Long-tailed Duck, Common Pochard, Black-tailed Godwit, Oystercatcher and Curlew Sandpiper are amongst the British waterbirds listed as Vulnerable, with a number of others in the Near Threatened category, including Red-breasted Merganser and Common Coot.
These important assessments, which will help prioritise conservation action for European birds in the years ahead, are hugely dependent on the monitoring, such as the Goose & Swan Monitoring Programme and Wetland Bird Survey, carried out by volunteers. We are extremely grateful for the continued support of these schemes as without this it would be impossible to make such a comprehensive assessment of the status of Europe’s bird populations.
The full report can be downloaded here.