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 10th January 2017)

Red Listed Birds

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Species

Alert Type

Average % change in population

Over Period

Turtle Dove Red Rapid Decline -97% 1967-2014
Tree Sparrow Red Rapid Decline -96% 1967-2014
Nightingale Red Decline -90% 1967-2014
Willow Tit Red Rapid Decline -90% 1967-2014
Starling Red Rapid Decline -89% 1967-2014
Spotted Flycatcher Red Rapid Decline -88% 1967-2014
Cornbunting Red Rapid Decline -87% 1967-2014
Tree Pipit Red Rapid Decline -85% 1967-2014
Lesser Redpoll Red Rapid Decline -85% 1967-2014
Cuckoo Red Rapid Decline -75% 1967-2014
Marsh Tit Red Rapid Decline -75% 1967-2014
Linnet Red Rapid Decline -72% 1967-2014
Yellow Wagtail Red Rapid Decline -72% 1967-2014
House Sparrow Red Rapid Decline -70% 1977-2014
Skylark Red Rapid Decline -63% 1967-2014
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Red Rapid Decline -60% 1968-1999
Mistle Thrush Red Rapid Decline -57% 1967-2014
Yellowhammer Red Rapid Decline -56% 1967-2014
Wood Warbler Red Decline -56% 1995-2014
Lapwing Red Rapid Decline -54% 1967-2014
Song Thrush Red Rapid Decline -54% 1967-2014
Whinchat Red Decline -53% 1995-2014
Pied Flycatcher Red Decline -48% 1995-2014
Grey Wagtail Red Moderate Decline -46% 1975-2014

Amber Listed Birds

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Species

Alert Type

Average % change in population

Over Period

House Martin Amber Probable Rapid Decline -70% 1967-2014
Willow Warbler Amber Rapid Decline -64% 1967-2014
Swift Amber Decline -47% 1995-2014
Meadow Pipit Amber Moderate Decline -44% 1967-2014
Bullfinch Amber Moderate Decline -38% 1967-2014
Dunnock Amber Moderate Decline -33% 1967-2014
Dipper Amber Moderate Decline -28% 1975-2014
Reed Bunting Amber Fluctuating -19% 1967-2014
Kingfisher Amber Fluctuating -15% 1975-2014
Common Redstart Amber Fluctuating +19% 1967-2014
Stock Dove Amber Rapid Increase +212% 1967-2014

Green Listed Birds

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Species

Alert Type

Average % change in population

Over Period

Whitethroat Green Rapid Decline -58% 1967-2014
Greenfinch Green Moderate Decline -41% 1967-2014
Sedge Warbler Green Moderate Decline -33% 1967-2014
Garden Warbler Green Shallow Decline -22% 1967-2014
Blackbird Green Shallow Decline -15% 1967-2014
Wheatear Green Possible Decline -11% 1995-2014
Lesser Whitethroat Green Fluctuating +2% 1967-2014
Sand Martin Green Fluctuating +2% 1978-2014
Tree Creeper Green Fluctuating +17% 1967-2014
Swallow Green Shallow Increase +17% 1967-2014
Chaffinch Green Shallow Increase +20% 1967-2014
Stonechat Green Probably Fluctuating +29% 1995-2014
Robin Green Shallow Increase +40% 1967-2014
Goldcrest Green Fluctuating +42% 1967-2014
Blue Tit Green Shallow Increase +47% 1967-2014
Coal Tit Green Moderate Increase +55% 1967-2014
Siskin Green Increase +59% 1995-2014
Pied / White Wagtail Green Uncertain +69% 1967-2014
Reed Warbler Green Moderate Increase +81% 1967-2014
Wren Green Moderate Increase +93% 1967-2014
Chiffchaff Green Moderate Increase +93% 1967-2014
Long Tailed Tit Green Moderate Increase +93% 1967-2014
Goldfinch Green Rapid Increase +102% 1967-2014
Great Tit Green Rapid Increase +104% 1967-2014
Green Woodpecker Green Rapid Increase +184% 1967-2014
Nuthatch Green Rapid Increase +262% 1967-2014
Blackcap Green Rapid Increase +301% 1967-2014
Collared Dove Green Rapid Increase +327% 1967-2014
Great Spotted Woodpecker Green Rapid Increase +398% 1967-2014