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Defra’s U.K. Biodiversity Report Shows a Lower Bird Population

May 29, 2012

U.K. populations of farmland and wintering water birds have deteriorated since 2000, according to a biodiversity report released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Six of 35 biodiversity measures in the report showed deterioration in the past 12 years, including the prevalence of marine and terrestrial invasive species and richness of plant species in woodland, grassland and boundary habitats, London- based Defra said today on its website. Seventeen measures showed improvement, 10 showed little or no change and two had insufficient data for assessment, according to the report.

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