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The state of the UK's birds 2014

Male whinchat feeding on ground

Image: Steve Round

The state of the UK’s birds 2014 (SUKB), is the 15th edition of this report. It provides a one-stop shop for all the latest results from annual, periodic and one-off surveys and monitoring studies.

We provide an in-depth, up-to-date overview of the status of bird populations in the UK and its OTs, and give an update on trends for as many of the UK’s regularly occurring species as possible. This year, for the first time, we have included a table of trends for rare and scarce breeding species.

This year's SUKB focuses on the migratory birds that spend part of their annual cycle in the UK, whether breeding, wintering or passing through on migration.

We present new indicators for birds with different migratory strategies, and results from research using the latest tracking technologies. There is growing awareness of the importance of understanding the interconnectedness of migrant bird populations, and the pressures and threats they face at each stage of their migration.

Developing our understanding on an international scale, and increasing our knowledge of the role the UK plays in sustaining these populations, will be essential to the successful implementation of flyway-wide conservation.

The state of the UK's birds 2014 is published by the RSPB on behalf of a coalition of NGOs - the RSPB, British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) – and the UK Government’s statutory nature conservation agencies – Natural England (NE), Natural Resources Wales (NRW), Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC).