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No improvement to number of threatened birds

The number of breeding birds on the Red List of threatened species in Switzerland is just as high as ten years ago, says the Federal Environment Office.

Despite progress in some areas since the list was first drawn up, 40 per cent of breeding birds remain in danger, the Environment Office said.

The update showed that the hoopoe and the little owl had seen improvements in numbers and the bearded vulture is no longer in the “extinct in Switzerland” category.

Of the 42 species showing a real change of status, 24 moved to a higher threat category, 18 to a lower one. Overall, ten species are new on the Red List, whereas 12 were removed.

In a statement, the Environment Office said only more concrete conservation measures as well as protection of biodiversity would help the situation of breeding birds in the long term. and agencies


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