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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

British Birds Headed for Extinction Report

Greenfinches, ptarmigans and even the common blackbird could be among the next British birds to begin the slide towards extinction, according to a report published today.

The birds were highlighted by a new "early warning system" designed to identify species currently abundant but at risk of serious decline in the future. By predicting the next species likely to suffer a fall in numbers researchers hope to give conservationists a head start.

At least a fifth of British birdlife is already on the nation's red list of endangered species, a figure that is expected to rise when the list is revised later this year. According to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the number of red-listed species could hit 50 or more, and include the woodpecker, lapwing and curlew.


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