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Wild bird populations in England

Annual trends in wild bird populations in England.

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Wild Bird Populations in England, 1970 to 2017

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Introduction to the Wild Birds Population Indicator

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Bird populations have long been considered to provide a good indication of the broad state of wildlife in England. This is because they occupy a wide range of habitats and respond to environmental pressures that also operate on other groups of wildlife. In addition there are considerable long-term data on changes in bird populations, which help in the interpretation of shorter term fluctuations in numbers.

The bird population indices have been compiled in conjunction with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC).

For more statistics about the status of bird populations internationally, please see the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme website.

The datasets associated with this publication can be found here ENV08 - Wild bird populations in England

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Published 6 December 2012
Last updated 8 November 2018 + show all updates
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