Sometimes a-dropping from the sky
I heard the sky-lark sing;
Sometimes all little birds that are,
How they seemed to fill the sea and air
With their sweet jargoning!
Globally, seabirds have declined by 70% in the last 50 years and are currently the most threatened group of birds in the world according to a study led by the University of Aberdeen (2018).
Our own seminal work in 2020 assessing and updating the EU Red List bird population status and trends of 463 bird species breeding and/or wintering in all EU countries and the UK, between 2013-2018, showed similarly distressing results. For seabirds, overall, the picture looks grim.