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28 May 2009
Red listed: the bittern is one of the rarest UK breeding birds
Image: Andy Hay
The UK's birds can be split in to three categories of conservation importance - red, amber and green.
Red is the highest conservation priority, with species needing urgent action. Amber is the next most critical group, followed by green.
Please refer to our PDF download for the full list of red and amber categorised species (see link).
Birds in the red and amber lists will be subject to at least one of the relevant factors listed below. Again, a full list of criteria can be found in the PDF download (see link).
This is not a conservation status category, but indicates a species that has escaped and bred in the wild or has been deliberately released into the wild at some point in the UK's history. As these species are not native to the UK, they have no specific conservation status here.