Bird population biodiversity indicator out

An updated indicator of European wild bird populations shows that between 1980 and 2003 farmland bird numbers fell 28% and forest birds 13% while other common birds rose by 28%. Compiled by NGO Birdlife International and first published in 2003, the data was last year adopted by the EU as the basis for one of its official sustainability indicators, a farmland bird population inded (EED 29/10/04). This year's update includes four new EU member states for the first time and reports separate trends for forest and other common birds for the first time. See indicator.

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