Posted by: The ocean update | June 3, 2015

Britain’s much-loved puffin is now as endangered as PANDAS and TIGERS

Puffins are falling victim to a combination of over-fishing and climate change

Puffins are falling victim to a combination of over-fishing and climate change

June 3rd, 2015 (Stuart Winter). THE much-loved puffin is faced by so many threats that it is being given the same conservation status as the giant panda, tiger and blue whale.

Endangered puffins, with their comical gait and brightly-coloured bills, are falling victim to a combination of over-fishing and climate change, sending their numbers down faster than they can dive.

Another well known British bird also classified today as “endangered” on conservation’s official Red List is the fulmar, an albatross-like bird that breeds on cliffs around our coastline.

Three other British birds suffering huge declines – the turtle dove, lapwing and curlew – have been classed as “vulnerable” in a new report published by the European Commission, BirdLife International and the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The European Red List of Birds report took three years to compile and reveals “one in five species of birds are still at risk of extinction”.

It will now become the key document in conservation projects aimed at reversing the downward trend for birds across European, including many species of birds of prey.

According to Iván Ramírez, Head of Conservation at BirdLife International’s European and Central Asian Division, the Red List report is a clarion call for action.

He said : “The new European Red List is a call to arms for the conservation of our natural world.

“It is inspiring to see that many species targeted by conservation efforts, and supported by key tools such as the Birds Directive and the LIFE programme, are recovering. Yet it is shocking to see many species that used to be common and are now listed as threatened. It is deeply worrying to contemplate the possibility of a world with no puffins, turtle doves, lapwings or oystercatchers“.

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