Endangered British Birds

Below is a list of endangered and threatened birds of the British Isles. These particular bird species have become endangered or have declining populations within the British Isles and may become extinct in the future.

The most serious threats to bird species are habitat loss, particularly conversion of diverse native forest into often single-species timber plantations and to birds colliding with fences erected to keep deer out of young plantations.

Other threats are because modern farming practices mean that nests and birds are destroyed by mowing or harvesting before breeding is finished. Some birds are declining due to overuse of pesticides and scrub clearance due to human overpopulation. Birds currently on the Red List include the following:

Acrocephalus paludicola (passage migrant through UK)
Tatrao urogallus
Crex crex - globally threateneds
Jynx torquilla (extinct as breeding species)
Botarus stellaris
Perdix perdix
Pandion haliaetus - loss of habitat
Lanius collurio (extinct as breeding species)
Milvus milvus - hunting
Loxia scotica (endemic)
Alauda arvensis
Turdus philomelos
Burhinus oedicnemus


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