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 31st January 2019)

Red Listed Birds

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Species

Alert Type

Average % change in population

Over Period

Turtle Dove Red Rapid Decline -98% 1967-2016
Tree Sparrow Red Rapid Decline -96% 1967-2016
Nightingale Red Decline -93% 1967-2016
Willow Tit Red Rapid Decline -91% 1967-2016
Starling Red Rapid Decline -89% 1967-2016
Spotted Flycatcher Red Rapid Decline -87% 1967-2016
Cornbunting Red Rapid Decline -87% 1967-2016
Tree Pipit Red Rapid Decline -86% 1967-2016
Lesser Redpoll Red Rapid Decline -85% 1967-2016
Marsh Tit Red Rapid Decline -80% 1967-2016
Cuckoo Red Rapid Decline -77% 1967-2016
Yellow Wagtail Red Rapid Decline -72% 1967-2016
Linnet Red Rapid Decline -71% 1967-2016
House Sparrow Red Rapid Decline -70% 1977-2016
Skylark Red Rapid Decline -63% 1967-2016
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Red Rapid Decline -60% 1968-1999
Wood Warbler Red Decline -62% 1995-2016
Yellowhammer Red Rapid Decline -58% 1967-2016
Mistle Thrush Red Rapid Decline -54% 1967-2016
Lapwing Red Rapid Decline -53% 1967-2016
Whinchat Red Decline -53% 1995-2016
Song Thrush Red Moderate Decline -47% 1967-2016
Pied Flycatcher Red Moderate Decline -36% 1995-2016
Grey Wagtail Red Moderate Decline -39% 1975-2016

Amber Listed Birds

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Species

Alert Type

Average % change in population

Over Period

House Martin Amber Probable Rapid Decline -70% 1967-2016
Willow Warbler Amber Rapid Decline -64% 1967-2016
Swift Amber Decline -53% 1995-2016
Meadow Pipit Amber Moderate Decline -46% 1967-2016
Bullfinch Amber Moderate Decline -33% 1967-2016
Dunnock Amber Moderate Decline -33% 1967-2016
Dipper Amber Shallow Decline -20% 1975-2016
Reed Bunting Amber Fluctuating -12% 1967-2016
Kingfisher Amber Fluctuating -17% 1975-2016
Common Redstart Amber Fluctuating +7% 1967-2016
Stock Dove Amber Rapid Increase +223% 1967-2016

Green Listed Birds

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Species

Alert Type

Average % change in population

Over Period

Whitethroat Green Rapid Decline -60% 1967-2016
Greenfinch Green Rapid Decline -56% 1967-2016
Sedge Warbler Green Moderate Decline -35% 1967-2016
Garden Warbler Green Possible Decline -28% 1967-2016
Blackbird Green Shallow Decline -14% 1967-2016
Wheatear Green Possible Decline -26% 1995-2016
Lesser Whitethroat Green Uncertain +8% 1967-2016
Sand Martin Green Fluctuating +26% 1978-2016
Swallow Green Fluctuating
+4% 1967-2016
Chaffinch Green Fluctuating +5% 1967-2016
Tree Creeper Green Fluctuating +19% 1967-2016
Blue Tit Green Shallow Increase +24% 1967-2016
Coal Tit Green Fluctuating +46% 1967-2016
Robin Green Moderate increase +57% 1967-2016
Stonechat Green Probably Fluctuating +92% 1995-2016
Goldcrest Green Fluctuating +72% 1967-2016
Siskin Green Increase +44% 1995-2016
Pied / White Wagtail Green Uncertain +74% 1967-2016
Reed Warbler Green Rapid Increase +104% 1967-2016
Long Tailed Tit Green Moderate Increase +107% 1967-2016
Great Tit Green Moderate Increase +89% 1967-2016
Chiffchaff Green Rapid Increase +121% 1967-2016
Goldfinch Green Rapid Increase +120% 1967-2016
Wren Green Rapid Increase +128% 1967-2016
Green Woodpecker Green Rapid Increase +174% 1967-2016
Nuthatch Green Rapid Increase +251% 1967-2016
Blackcap Green Rapid Increase +288% 1967-2016
Collared Dove Green Rapid Increase +306% 1967-2016
Great Spotted Woodpecker Green Rapid Increase +378% 1967-2016