South African bird populations have never been in a worse shape

Waning waterbirds, declining raptors, seabirds under pressure and large terrestrial birds running out of space.
This is the alarming new assessment of South Africa’s birds, which warns how the country’s bird populations have never been in a worse shape.
“South Africa’s bird populations are in trouble,” says Martin Taylor, the special projects programme manager at BirdLife South Africa. “The increase in extinction risk faced by our region’s bird species needs to be of concern to all South Africans.”

Taylor compiled the State of South Africa’s Birds 2018, a landmark report, scheduled to be released next week. 
He explains that the report, the first of its kind, draws on national survey and monitoring data to provide a highly visual snapshot of the conservation status of birds as well as the…

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