Birds

In joint research study published at the end of July between the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Durham University in the UK, researchers believe that birds protected by the Birds Directive are more likely to prosper  faced with threats of climate change and habitat loss.  With the European Commission currently reviewing the Birds and Habitats Directives, as part of the so called fitness check into their effectiveness, the research claims that the Birds Directive is the most effective way to protect

The European Red List of Birds was published on 3 June.The list is compiled by NGO BirdLife for the European Commission.It states that 13% of 533 species are threatened at a European level (of the 67 species, 10 are Critically Endangered (the highest threat level) including the Balearic Shearwater,Slender-billed Curlew, and Yellow-breasted Bunting; 18 are Endangered and 39

Four major offshore wind developments have been hit with a legal challenge because of their proximity to seabird colonies.

The Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB) is seeking a judicial review of the Scottish government's decision to grant planning consent for four offshore wind farms of Scotland’s east coast.If the decision is allowed to stand it could have “serious implications” for wildlife protection in Scotland and beyond, the NGO said.

The projects backed by EDF, Repsol, SSE, Mainstream and Fluor have a combined capacity of over 2GW.