Birds that make the great journey between northern Europe and Africa are declining in number, conservationists warn.
Nearly half of the 29 species of so-called summer migrants, who appear in the UK in spring to breed before returning in the autumn, show long-term population declines.
The nightingale, famed for its song and for inspiring English poets, is one of a group of birds that overwinter in Sierra Leone, Senegal, the Gambia and Burkina Faso in West Africa that are suffering particularly badly. Of this group of 11 species that spend winter in Africa’s ‘humid zone’, eight are declining in number. Continue reading