Subject: [Oversea] Research confirms extent of Europe’s disappearing farmland birds 歐洲農地雀鳥 [Print This Page] Author: HKBWS WY Time: 7/06/2007 13:51 Subject: Research confirms extent of Europe’s disappearing farmland birds 歐洲農地雀鳥
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Research confirms extent of Europe’s disappearing farmland birds
Brussels, 7 June 2007: New research has shown that Europe’s farmland birds have declined by almost 50% in the past 25 years – a trend caused by EU-wide agricultural intensification being driven by a policy in need of urgent reform. 
The results, released today, bring together the most comprehensive biodiversity indicators of their kind in Europe, collated by the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS) - a partnership of leading scientists from the European Bird Census Council, BirdLife International, the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK), and Statistics Netherlands. 
The data, collected from 20 national breeding bird surveys spanning Europe over the last 25 years, confirm the extent to which farmland birds have suffered. Across Europe as a whole from 1980 to 2005, common farmland birds have on average fallen in number by 44%–the most severe decline of the bird categories monitored.