An additional four UK species have been added to the IUCN Red List of species in danger of global extinction. These are Puffin, Turtle dove, Slavonian grebe and Pochard. This doubles the number of UK species on the “critically endangered” list, which already included Balearic shearwater, Aquatic warbler, Long-tailed duck and Velvet scoter. UK species added to the “near threatened” list include: Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Curlew sandpiper and Bar-tailed godwit, where they join ten other species: Razorbill, Meadow pipit, Sooty shearwater, Red knot, Black-tailed godwit, Red kite, Curlew, Common eider, Dartford warbler and Redwing.
We see a number of these species on our field trips in the local area. Hence, we should reflect both on how privileged we are to be able to see these birds and on how important it is to preserve local habitats so as to sustain the remaining populations.