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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Ten Million Blue Tit chicks died this Summer

According to figures released by the British Trust for Ornigthology up to 10 million blue tit chicks were killed off during this breeding season.

Apparently the Blue Tit was one of seven species to suffer its worst ever season. Blue tit breeding was down 48 per cent this is the worst season since the CES began 25 years ago.

According to Paul Stancliffe of the BTO "In the short term we will see low numbers of blue tits around and if there is a harsh winter it could compound things by killing off more of the adults. In the longer term, if we have another appalling spring next year things would start to look bad for the blue tit,"

"There are still a lot of blue tits out there but if you're not replacing your young each year then it could start to become endangered."

1 comment:

Mary said...

I will make sure I keep the bird table topped up this winter as we have Blue great and Longtailed tits all visiting at the moment. its sad to think more birds are becoming endangered and the poor little hedgehog has been put on the endangered list!