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WOODCOCK Scolopax rusticola
 
Conservation Listings Long term trend

Table 4/Amber
(25-49% population decline)
Biodiversity Steering Group
Conservation Concern List

UK: Probable rapid decline
 
Status Summary
The Woodcock has declined significantly on CBC plots. Although the CBC does not cover all of the species' range well, range contractions that probably have the same cause as the decline in abundance have occurred concurrently (Gibbons et al. 1993). The drying out of natural woodlands and the maturation of plantations are possible causes of the Woodcock's decline.
 
 
Table of population changes for Woodcock
Source Period
(yrs)
Years Plots
(n)
Change
(%)
Lower
limit
Upper
limit
Alert Comment
CBC all habitats 30 1968-1998 20 -70 -85 -48 >50 Unrepresentative? small sample
  25 1973-1998 21 -72 -88 -50 >50 Unrepresentative?
  10 1988-1998 14 -39 -68 -11 >25 Unrepresentative? small sample
  5 1993-1998 13 -20 -42 5   Unrepresentative? small sample
The Breeding Bird Survey is jointly funded by BTO, JNCC and RSPB
 
Productivity information is not currently available for this species
 

 

   



The report should be cited as: Baillie, S.R., Crick, H.Q.P., Balmer, D.E., Bashford, R.I., Beaven, L.P., Freeman, S.N., Marchant, J.H., Noble, D.G., Raven, M.J., Siriwardena, G.M., Thewlis, R. and Wernham, C.V. (2001) Breeding Birds in the Wider Countryside: their conservation status 2000. BTO Research Report No. 252. BTO, Thetford. (http://www.bto.org/birdtrends)

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