Iconic birds could vanish in 10 years
SOME of Ireland's most iconic bird species are in dramatic decline, with one in eight now deemed to face an extinction threat.
The warning came as a major ornithological conference in University College Cork (UCC) heard that the species decline has occurred despite the greatest conservation effort in Irish history.
The threat is now so severe that, within the next 10 years, some of Ireland's much-loved bird species may vanish from the island altogether.
Some species have seen their numbers plummet by almost 80pc over the past 25 years.
There is mounting evidence that milder winters on the continent as a consequence of global warming may be directly responsible for the decline.