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In pictures: State of the UK's birds

Shelduck (Pic: Chris Gomersall/rspb-images.com)

A warming climate is causing a fall in numbers of some birds wintering in the UK, the RSPB has said. One of those cited is the shelduck.

Mallard (Pic: Sue Tranter/rspb-images.com)

The RSPB warns that numbers of seven regular visitors to the UK during the winter months, including the mallard, are in decline.

Turnstones (Pic: Andy Hay/rspb-images.com)

Turnstones are another of the birds seen less in the UK in winter. This group is pictured in the Stour estuary in Essex in January.

Greenland white-fronted goose (Pic: Andy Hay/rspb-images.com)

The RSPB says urgent action is needed to reverse declines in populations of birds such as the Greenland white-fronted goose. This one is shown at Loch Gruinart reserve, Islay.

Ringed plover (Pic: Tom Marshall/rspb-images.com)

Here an adult ringed plover is pictured at Lochranza, Isle of Arran. The bird is one of those in decline in British winters along with the pochard and dunlin.

Black-tailed godwits (Pic: Chris Gomersall/rspb-images.com)

The good news is that numbers of some birds wintering in the UK has shown a marked increase. These black-tailed godwits are at Inner Marsh Farm reserve, Cheshire.

Avocets (Pic: Andy Hay/rspb-images.com)

The RSPB has put the rise in wading bird numbers down to action by conservationists. These avocets are on mud at Exminster Marshes reserve, Devon.

Whooper and Bewick's swans (Pic: Chris Gomersall/rspb-images.com)

Declines of Bewick's swans - shown here feeding with whooper swans in a ploughed field - are particularly noted in Northern Ireland, says the RSPB.


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