How does a bird get red-listed?

Our expert explains bird conservation categories in the UK.

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Puffins have been red-listed in the UK © N-Photo Magazine/ Getty

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The ‘red list’ is one of three categories (with ‘green’ and ‘amber’) used to identify the conservation status of birds in the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

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Status is reviewed periodically, with the most recent taking place in 2015. Evidence of a significant decline in breeding population was the most important criterion, and 67 species were red-listed, including the curlew and puffin.