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MEADOW PIPIT Anthus pratensis
 
Conservation Listings Long term trend

Unlisted/Green
Biodiversity Steering Group
Conservation Concern List

UK: Unknown
Lowland England: Moderate decline
 
Status Summary
Key Meadow Pipit habitats such as moorland are not covered well by the CBC, but the decline in the CBC trend may warrant conservation attention, especially because it was accompanied by a contraction range from lowland England (Gibbons et al. 1993). Meadow Pipits are partial migrants and conditions on the species' Iberian wintering grounds have been linked to the decline, as have losses of marginal land from breeding habitats (Gibbons et al. 1993). Nest failure rates at the 12-day nestling stage have declined from 30% to 12%, which may reflect the loss of birds from suboptimal areas. Changes in laying date are related to climate change (Crick & Sparks 1999).
 
 
Table of population changes for Meadow Pipit
Source Period
(yrs)
Years Plots
(n)
Change
(%)
Lower
limit
Upper
limit
Alert Comment
CBC all habitats 30 1968-1998 44 -34 -65 -3 >25 Unrepresentative
  25 1973-1998 45 -43 -68 -25 >25 Unrepresentative
  10 1988-1998 36 -12 -31 8   Unrepresentative
  5 1993-1998 37 -12 -27 4   Unrepresentative
BBS UK 5 1994-1999 609 -7 -12 -2    
BBS England 5 1994-1999 297 -6 -12 2    
BBS Scotland 5 1994-1999 205 -17 -25 -8    
BBS Wales 5 1994-1999 62 44 23 68    
BBS N.Ireland 5 1994-1999 41 30 1 67   Small sample
The Breeding Bird Survey is jointly funded by BTO, JNCC and RSPB
 
 
Table of productivity information for Meadow Pipit
Variable Period
(yrs)
Years Mean
annual
sample
Trend Predicted
in first year
Predicted
in last year
Change Comment
Clutch size 30 1968-1998 41 None        
Brood size 30 1968-1998 77 None        
Daily failure rate (eggs) 30 1968-1998 52 None        
Daily failure rate (chicks) 30 1968-1998 70 Linear decline 0.0297 nests/day 0.0106 nests/day -0.0191 nests/day  
Laying date 30 1968-1998 44 Linear decline day 138 day 132 -6 days  
 
Insufficient data on CES
available for this species
   




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