New list of endangered birds in Poland published

The Polish Society for the Protection of Birds (OTOP) together with the Museum and Institute of Zoology of the Polish Academy of Sciences published a new comprehensive Red List of birds.

The analyses were carried out based on the methodology of the International Union for Nature Conservation (IUCN) and covered 230 species of birds. Three key parameters were investigated: population size, range and population trend.

According to the report, over 200 years of observation, 16 bird species have died out in Poland, and 47 more are endangered, 12 of which are considered critically endangered.

The list also includes cases of population restoration and lowering the threat status. They give hope that properly implemented conservation programs can improve the fate of endangered species.

In total, there are only eight species whose conservation status has improved.

Experts emphasise that the new publication plays an important role because it "fills (...) the gap in our knowledge about the current threat status of the national avifauna" and allows us to set new goals in activities for nature protection.