Habitat loss

The UK has seen massive changes to its landscape with the human population rising to just over 63 million in 2011 (a rise from 58,789,194 in 2001). This equates to 660 people per square mile. This rise in population has led to a rise in houses being built and habitat loss.

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Habitats are important for diversity within species, which leads to healthy ecosystems and working food chains within. In the last 100 years we have lost 97% of our wild flower meadows and over 200,000 miles of hedgerows! Half of our ancient woodlands have disappeared, as well as 75% of heaths. This has massive implications on a huge variety of species including the Kestrel, which has seen a 60% decline in some parts of its range here in the UK. This can be partly attributed to the changes in land use and habitat loss.

There are a variety of initiatives around the UK trying to halt the decline of birds of prey species by restoring their habitat, including nest box schemes and habitat restoration schemes based regionally. Check out the links below to find out more about some of these schemes.

Hawk and Owl Trust – Running their own reserves and schemes to help birds of prey

Hawk conservancy Kestrel count and Nest box scheme

Barn owl Conservation Network

We will try and add more to our links page and blog but if you want to share any please do get in touch!