The annual report is produced by the RSPB, BTO and the WWT as well as a number of statutory nature conservation agencies – Natural Resources Wales (NRW), Natural England (NE), the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Northern Ireland (DAERA), Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC).
More than a quarter of the UKs bird species are now on the Red List which has increased by 15 from all habitats (farmland, woodland, coast and uplands).
One bird identified as of particular concern is the Curlew. The UK supports 27% of the global population, and the long-term trend shows a 64% decline from 1970 to 2014. This, combined with the bird’s global status of Near Threatened, suggests that the Curlew is one of the most pressing bird conservation priorities in the UK.