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Fears over wild bird numbers.

THE NUMBERS of wild birds such as the curlew, swift and starling have continued to decrease, says a new report.

But RSPB Cymru's partnership report - The State of Birds in Wales today - shows birds such as linnet, blackcap and tree pipit have increased on the previous year, driving a welcome upswing in the Wild Bird Indicator.

The report charts the fortunes of Welsh birdlife, and the successes and failures of conservation action.

For more than a decade, RSPB Cymru and other conservationists have been sounding alarm bells over declining numbers of many birds in farmed habitats in Wales.

It welcomed an increase in the Wild Bird Indicator - part of the Welsh Government's way of measuring the health of the environment - as other breeds flourished . It is hoped that initiatives such as the Welsh Governments new agri-environment scheme - Glastir - will have a positive impact on the fortunes of struggling populations of birds such as yellowhammers.

Ian Johnstone, RSPB Cymru Senior Conservation Scientist said: "While good news, we need more years of monitoring before we can tell whether some of Wales's declining species have now started a sustained recovery."

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Dec 22, 2011
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