Four UK bird species face extinction

LONDON – Puffins are among four UK bird species now at risk of extinction, according to the latest revision of a global conservation database.

Atlantic puffins, European turtle doves, Slavonian grebes and pochards are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species for birds, BBC reported.

Puffins are vulnerable to pollution and declining food sources, ecologists say. Another 14 UK species are considered to be “near threatened”.

Martin Harper – conservation director with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) – said the “global wave of extinction is now lapping at our shores”.

“The erosion of the UK’s wildlife is staggering and this is reinforced when you talk about puffin and turtle dove now facing the same level of extinction threat as African elephant and lion, and being more endangered than the humpback whale,” he said.

A decline in turtle dove numbers across Europe of more than 30 per cent in the past 16 years has also made it vulnerable to extinction.

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