An EU report on Wednesday discovers that around 50% of the birds have a secure status as EU programs for protection of endangered species have increased numbers considerably, but some of their habitats are the cause of concern, especially due to intensive farming.
It was reported by the State of Nature in the European Union between the years 2007-2012 that 17 percent of species including some birds of prey are threatened.
Moreover another 15 percent are nearly making to the list of threatened species or in decline. This also includes some prevalent birds such as skylarks.
The researchers from the European Environment Agency discovered in what could be called their most extensive six-year assessment that the state of natural habitat was even more worrying and most have an unfavorable conversational status.
Apart from the main threats such as overgrazing, fertilization, and other agricultural practices, there are also some secondary threats such as dune, grassland and wetland habitats.
Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vellasaid the research showed that efforts to improve vulnerable ecosystems can be very effective but it “underlines the scale of the challenges that remain”.
The birds that have the safety of targeted EU conservation action were vultures and white-headed ducks, whose population has increased quite a lot, the report finds
The report showed the need for a strong EU law to protect the environment and that policy-makers should not be distracted by Euroskeptic arguments against Brussels interference, according to campaign groups.
“A thriving natural world is crucial for everybody’s health and wellbeing, so the EU would be foolish to undermine nature protections in the name of cutting red tape,” Robbie Blake, Friends of the Earth Europe biodiversity campaigner, said.