Whilst on my daily walk today I came across a beautiful grey heron along the canal. Grey herons are tall with long legs, a long beak and grey, black and white feathering.
The grey heron eats lots of fish, but can also eat small birds and small mammals.
According to the @rspb_love_nature
there are currently approx 13,000 nests in the UK. This means for each nest there are a pair of grey herons. In the winter it has been estimated as many as 63,000 birds habitat in the UK.
Grey herons are currently on the green list with regards to conservation which means they are in the least critical group. Even having said this in 2015/2016 the population declined by 7%. With warmer winters we should see an increase numbers to the UK. Numbers certainly vary year on year.
The RSPB have the amber and red list for conservation. The red list being the most critical. • Species is globally threatened. • Historical population decline in UK during 1800–1995. • Severe (at least 50%) decline in UK breeding population over last 25 years, or longer-term period (the entire period used for assessments since the first BoCC review, starting in 1969).🐣 • Severe (at least 50%) contraction of UK breeding range over last 25 years, or the longer-term period.🐣 There are a huge number of species in the red list which is worrying. These include the Puffin🐧, Turtle Dove 🕊and the Cuckoo🦉 to name a few. The Turtle Dove 🕊has declined the most over recent years, down by 94%. It is struggling due to lack of food and destruction of hedgerows where it nests.🌲🐞 The RSPB is working on helping support these species to provide the habitat and food that they need to thrive. You can read more on the RSPB website www.rspb.org.uk
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