Birds of Conservation Concern 4: the Red List of Birds
Bird ringing is an essential element to the understanding of birds because the number of birds ringed generates information on the survival, productivity and movements of birds, helping us to understand why populations are changing.
Although, we have been bird surveying and ringing in Britain and Ireland for over 100 years, we are still discovering new facts about migration routes, breeding and wintering areas.
The Breeding Bird Survey is a nationwide survey supported by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). As well as monitoring the population of birds, this survey also serves as a way of assessing the overall health of the countryside in general.
Ecosulis have been appointed on a three year framework with the Environment Agency as an extension to the Midlands Landscape Framework that Ecosulis are appointed under. The work is to create and manage habitat at Attenborough Lakes Site of Special Scientific Interest near Nottingham. Twelve sites within the 300ha SSSI will be managed to ensure that a mosaic of reedbed, wet meadow, scrub and woodland habitat is maintained at favourable conservation status.
One of the main sources of this renewable energy will be from wind turbines, and extensive research has been undertaken to assess the impacts of wind farms on wildlife, particularly bird species. Another source of renewable energy currently under development is wave and tidal energy. Awareness of impacts on seabirds as a result of these schemes are not so widely publicised, and limited research has been undertaken to assess the impacts of these schemes of the UK’s seabird populations.