Our UK birds have been split into three different categories of conservation importance

Red – Birds placed on the red list are species which:

  • Have declined by more than 50% in the last 25 years
  • Are globally threatened or are not recovering from historical decline
  • Are placed on the red list of Birds of Conservation Concern


Amber – Species of birds on the amber list:

  • Have declined by 25 – 50% in the last 25 years
  • Are recovering / recovered from historical decline
  • A rare breeder in the UK or of either European or International importance

Green – Birds on the green list are not considered to be of conservation concern

Below is a list compiled of some of our songbirds which are on the list. Figures have been taken from the BTO ‘birdtrends’ webpage and are subject to change

(Last Updated 22nd January 2018)

Red Listed Birds

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Species

Alert Type

Average % change in population

Over Period

Turtle Dove Red Rapid Decline -98% 1967-2015
Tree Sparrow Red Rapid Decline -96% 1967-2015
Nightingale Red Decline -92% 1967-2015
Willow Tit Red Rapid Decline -91% 1967-2015
Starling Red Rapid Decline -89% 1967-2015
Spotted Flycatcher Red Rapid Decline -87% 1967-2015
Cornbunting Red Rapid Decline -87% 1967-2015
Tree Pipit Red Rapid Decline -86% 1967-2015
Lesser Redpoll Red Rapid Decline -85% 1967-2015
Marsh Tit Red Rapid Decline -79% 1967-2015
Cuckoo Red Rapid Decline -76% 1967-2015
Yellow Wagtail Red Rapid Decline -72% 1967-2015
Linnet Red Rapid Decline -71% 1967-2015
House Sparrow Red Rapid Decline -71% 1977-2015
Skylark Red Rapid Decline -63% 1967-2015
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Red Rapid Decline -60% 1968-1999
Wood Warbler Red Decline -57% 1995-2015
Yellowhammer Red Rapid Decline -56% 1967-2015
Mistle Thrush Red Rapid Decline -55% 1967-2015
Lapwing Red Rapid Decline -54% 1967-2015
Whinchat Red Decline -51% 1995-2015
Song Thrush Red Rapid Decline -50% 1967-2015
Pied Flycatcher Red Decline -41% 1995-2015
Grey Wagtail Red Moderate Decline -39% 1975-2015

Amber Listed Birds

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Species

Alert Type

Average % change in population

Over Period

House Martin Amber Probable Rapid Decline -69% 1967-2015
Willow Warbler Amber Rapid Decline -66% 1967-2015
Swift Amber Decline -51% 1995-2015
Meadow Pipit Amber Moderate Decline -45% 1967-2015
Bullfinch Amber Moderate Decline -37% 1967-2015
Dunnock Amber Moderate Decline -33% 1967-2015
Dipper Amber Shallow Decline -22% 1975-2015
Reed Bunting Amber Fluctuating -17% 1967-2015
Kingfisher Amber Fluctuating -17% 1975-2015
Common Redstart Amber Fluctuating +16% 1967-2015
Stock Dove Amber Rapid Increase +212% 1967-2015

Green Listed Birds

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Species

Alert Type

Average % change in population

Over Period

Whitethroat Green Rapid Decline -59% 1967-2015
Greenfinch Green Moderate Decline -48% 1967-2015
Sedge Warbler Green Moderate Decline -35% 1967-2015
Garden Warbler Green Moderate Decline -26% 1967-2015
Blackbird Green Shallow Decline -16% 1967-2015
Wheatear Green Possible Decline -16% 1995-2015
Lesser Whitethroat Green Uncertain +5% 1967-2015
Sand Martin Green Fluctuating +7% 1978-2015
Swallow Green Fluctuating
+9% 1967-2015
Chaffinch Green Shallow Increase +13% 1967-2015
Tree Creeper Green Fluctuating +19% 1967-2015
Blue Tit Green Shallow Increase +29% 1967-2015
Coal Tit Green Shallow Increase +49% 1967-2015
Robin Green Shallow Increase +50% 1967-2015
Stonechat Green Probably Fluctuating +53% 1995-2015
Goldcrest Green Fluctuating +56% 1967-2015
Siskin Green Increase +61% 1995-2015
Pied / White Wagtail Green Uncertain +73% 1967-2015
Reed Warbler Green Moderate Increase +87% 1967-2015
Long Tailed Tit Green Moderate Increase +97% 1967-2015
Great Tit Green Moderate Increase +99% 1967-2015
Chiffchaff Green Rapid Increase +105% 1967-2015
Goldfinch Green Rapid Increase +109% 1967-2015
Wren Green Rapid Increase +114% 1967-2015
Green Woodpecker Green Rapid Increase +182% 1967-2015
Nuthatch Green Rapid Increase +254% 1967-2015
Blackcap Green Rapid Increase +291% 1967-2015
Collared Dove Green Rapid Increase +311% 1967-2015
Great Spotted Woodpecker Green Rapid Increase +387% 1967-2015