Have the declines in common species in Europe been halted?

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Indicator codes: SEBI 001 , CSI 050
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(13 Jun 2016)

Since 1990, common bird populations have decreased by around 15 % in Europe (27 European countries). The decline of common farmland birds was more pronounced at 34 % in all countries with monitoring schemes - and 31 % in EU Member States - whereas common forest bird populations declined by 12 % over the same period.

Grassland butterflies have shown a significant rate of decline of 30 % between 1990 and 2013 in Europe (21 European countries). In the last 10 years, the rate of loss is slowing down.

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