The annual report on the state of the UK?s birds has shown that the grey partridge and the turtle dove are among several species still in decline. The survey is published jointly every year by the RSPB, the British Trust for Ornithology, the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, the Countryside Council for Wales, Natural England, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. It has revealed that in the period after 1994, the number of threatened species has risen by 18 per cent, with 45 populations declining.

There is, however, some good news. The survey, which was carried out by 3,500 volunteers, shows that the number of species in steep decline has now more than halved, and that the number increasing has risen from four to six species.

The rest of this article appears in 20th October issue of Shooting Times.

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