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Native Birds Stage Comeback

 

Updated : Mar 30, 2009

A new survey reveals that many of our native species of birds are making a comeback after years of decline.

A report released yesterday by BirdWatch Ireland said: "Over the 10-year period, most of our breeding birds have fared reasonably well, especially pigeons, warblers, tits, finches and buntings, with most remaining stable or even showing an increase."

Altogether, some 145 species have been recorded, including 18 species which are of conservation concern in Ireland. "This is the first time we have had a decade’s worth of breeding bird data for Ireland, and this is already being used for developing government conservation policy," said the report.

The Countryside Bird Survey, which is a joint project of BirdWatch Ireland and the National Parks and Wildlife Service, has revealed that wren, robin, blackbird and chaffinch are the most widespread species, occurring across 90% of the country. Rook, starling and wren are the most numerous.

The report reveals many of these species of bird are only beginning to recover from the massive declines which occurred during the 1970s. Dick Coombes, the CBS co-ordinator said: "Birds are valuable indicators of the health of our environment." BirdWatch Ireland is the largest conservation charity in Ireland, representing more than 14,000 members and with 22 local branches. For more information visit their website at www.birdwatchireland.ie

VeryHappyPig is a keen birdwatcher, I like to lie completely still, then I jump about screaming and give all the little birdies the fright of their lives….. Actually that might be why they were in decline!!

 

 

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