GM Tucker, MF Heath, L Tomialojc and RFA Grimmett, 600 pages
Out of Print
This milestone publication presents the first thorough and detailed review of the conservation status of European birds. Based on detailed breeding and wintering population data collected in each country, the report provides a review of the population sizes and trends of Species of European Conservation Concern. The major threats to each species are discussed, with the basic measures that are needed to conserve them and their habitats.
`...should be compulsory reading for Europe's environment ministers. It certainly will be an essential reference book for anyone with a serious interest in European bird conservation.' David Tomlinson, New Scientist
The Long-tailed duck is classified worldwide as endangered. In southern Finland, a license for spring hunting of the species was authorized in year 2011, further threatening the survival of the population. BirdLife Finland and its local member organization are working to save the species and lodged a complaint to the Supreme Administrative Court of Finland. The complaint proved successful as the Court found the license for spring hunting illegal.
A landmark decision has taken place in courts in Portugal as the Central Administrative Court South upheld the conviction of the owners of Quinta da Rocha requiring them to restore habitats that were destroyed because of their development in the Ria de Alvor.
As spring arrives Sand Martins are making their way from sub Saharan Africa to the UK in their annual migratory journey. Thanks to efforts beginning last year in the 2013 Sand Martin Awareness campaign, this year they will be returning to CEMEX quarry sites that have been specially prepared for their arrival.
For migratory birds, illegal killing is an additional threat to their already dangerous and challenging journey. Violations of the EU Birds Directive are particularly widespread, adding to the substantial decrease in migratory bird populations over the past 40 years.