BirdLife have today announced the latest assessment of birds for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Among those now classed as globally threatened is the Common Pochard, which has been up-listed from Least Concern to Vulnerable. The species has undergone a widespread and rapid decline across Europe and is the UK’s fastest declining wintering duck.
Several other wetland species are also seeing declining populations, including Knot, Curlew Sandpiper, Bar-tailed Godwit, Oystercatcher and Lapwing which have all been up-listed to Near Threatened. Similarly, Eider has seen a decrease in its breeding population across Europe and as a result has also been classed as Near Threatened.
Having undergone a very rapid decline, Velvet Scoter was previously classed as Endangered. However, the rate of decline is thought to have slowed and the species has been downgraded to Vulnerable.
Further details about the 2015 IUCN Red List can be found on BirdLife’s website.