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State of the UK's birds 2015

Lapwing feeding in wet meadow, Elmley Marsh RSPB reserve

Image: Chris Gomersall

The state of the UK's birds 2015 (SUKB) is the 16th edition of this annual report. 

It provides a one-stop shop for all the latest results from annual, periodic and one-off surveys and monitoring programmes.

SUKB provides an in-depth overview of the status of bird populations in the UK and its Overseas Territories (OTs), and gives an update on trends for as many of the UK's regularly occurring species as possible.

The report also includes indicators showing broad trends for species grouped within four main habitats: farmland, woodland, wetland and coastal/marine. This year's SUKB gives an update on the status of the UK's farmland birds, and highlights a selection of innovative, positive partnership projects. 

Throughout the report you will find inspiring examples of organisations, from within and outside the conservation sector, joining forces. We have tried to illustrate the wide variety of partnerships that exist, including: collaborations with industry, multi-organisation monitoring programmes and landscape-scale conservation schemes.

SUKB 2015 is produced by a coalition of three NGOs: the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), together with the UK's statutory nature conservation bodies: the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), Natural England (NE), Natural Resources Wales (NRW), Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).