Weather takes toll on birds.
Lapwings, oystercatchers, snipe and curlew are all at their lowest numbers since the British Breeding Bird Survey of more than 100 bird species started in the early 1990s, the results for 2011 have shown.
All four species suffered sharp drops in numbers compared with spring 2010, with populations tumbling by 40% for snipe and by almost a fifth for oystercatchers and lapwings.
Curlew numbers declined by 13% between 2010 and 2011. Experts believe the latest falls in number, are the result of unfavourable weather conditions.