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MEADOW PIPIT
Anthus pratensis
Meadow Pipit © G H Higginbotham
 
Conservation listings

Europe: SPEC category 4, secure
UK: Amber (25-50% population decline)

Long-term trend
UK, England: moderate decline
 
Status summary
Moorland, the key Meadow Pipit habitat, was not covered well by the CBC, but BBS now provides more representative monitoring for this species. The decline in CBC/BBS trend since the mid 1970s, accompanied by a range contraction from lowland England (Gibbons et al. 1993), has now been recognised as worthy of conservation concern with the species' move from the Green to the Amber list. Meadow Pipits are partial migrants and conditions on the Iberian wintering grounds have been linked to the decline, as have losses of marginal land from parts of the breeding range (Gibbons et al. 1993). Nest failure rates at the 12-day nestling stage have declined markedly, which may reflect the loss of birds from suboptimal habitat. Changes in laying date are related to climate change (Crick & Sparks 1999).
 
CBC/BBS UK graph
 
Table of population changes for Meadow Pipit
Source Period
(yrs)
Years Plots
(n)
Change
(%)
Lower
limit
Upper
limit
Alert Comment
CBC/BBS UK 33 1967-2000 172 -32 -63 3    
  25 1975-2000 212 -48 -64 -32 >25  
  10 1990-2000 433 -16 -31 -2    
  5 1995-2000 677 -5 -12 4    
CBC/BBS England 33 1967-2000 95 -43 -73 -12 >25  
  25 1975-2000 115 -53 -70 -38 >50  
  10 1990-2000 221 -31 -45 -16 >25  
  5 1995-2000 340 -8 -16 -2    
BBS UK 8 1994-2002 619 -5 -10 0    
BBS England 8 1994-2002 304 -9 -15 -2    
BBS Scotland 8 1994-2002 195 -11 -20 -1    
BBS Wales 8 1994-2002 72 23 7 43    
BBS N.Ireland 8 1994-2002 45 28 -3 70    
BBS acknowledgement
 
CBC/BBS England graph
BBS UK graph
BBS England graph
BBS Scotland graph
BBS Wales graph
BBS N Ireland graph
 
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 33 1968-2001 40 None        
Brood size 33 1968-2001 75 None        
Daily failure rate (eggs) 33 1968-2001 50 None        
Daily failure rate (chicks) 33 1968-2001 68 Linear decline 0.0279 nests/day 0.0114 nests/day -0.0165 nests/day  
Laying date 33 1968-2001 43 Linear decline day 138 day 131 -7 days  
 
Clutch size graph
Brood size graph
Egg nest failure graph
Chick nest failure graph
Laying date graph
Insufficient data on CES
available for this species
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This report should be cited as:
Crick, H.Q.P., Marchant, J.H., Noble, D.G., Baillie, S.R., Balmer, D.E., Beaven, L.P., Coombes, R.H.,
Downie, I.S., Freeman, S.N., Joys, A.C., Leech, D.I., Raven, M.J., Robinson, R.A. and Thewlis, R.M. (2004)
Breeding Birds in the Wider Countryside: their conservation status 2003.
BTO Research Report No. 353. BTO, Thetford. (http://www.bto.org/birdtrends2003)

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