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Part of a collection that aims to highlight RSPB science from the last decade. This case study focuses on birds as indicators of environmental change.
Date: 22 July 2015Authors: Dr Richard Gregory, Dr Mark Eaton
The annual report of the Wetland Bird Survey.
Date: 22 April 2015
A continuation of RSPB Centre for Conservation Science report looking at bitterns and wetland management.
Date: 16 December 2014Authors: Gilbert, G., Wotton, S., White, G. and Sears, J.
A new report showcasing the last 10 years of RSPB Scientific work.
Date: 26 February 2014Authors: RSPB
This is the 15th The state of the UK's birds (SUKB) report. Published in 2014, it contains results from annual, periodic and one-off surveys and studies from as recently as 2013. It draws on many sources of information to give an up-to-date overview of the health of bird populations in the UK and its Overseas Territories.
Date: 16 October 2014Authors: RSPB
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