A6.106 Annex I and migratory species for which no SPAs have been selected

8. Passerines


Many of the terrestial birds that breed (or winter) in the UK are migrants or partial migrants. They generally have wide distributions across Britain and Ireland. They rarely aggregate in large numbers and sites holding concentrations of European importance (or, in the case of the Annex I species, of national importance) have not been identified for the following species: Stock Dove Columba oenas, Woodpigeon Columba palumbus, Turtle Dove Strepopelia turtur, Swift Apus apus, Sand Martin Riparia riparia, Swallow Hirundo rustica, House Martin Delichon urbica ,Cuckoo Cuculus canorus, Kingfisher Alcedo atthis, Wryneck Jynx torquilla,Skylark Alauda arvensis, Shore Lark Eremophila alpestris, Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis, Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis, Rock Pipit Anthus petrosus, Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta, Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava, Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea, Pied (White) Wagtail Motacilla alba, Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus, Robin Erithacus rubecula, Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos, Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros, Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus, Whinchat Saxicola rubetra, Stonechat Saxicola torquata, Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe, Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus, Blackbird Turdus merula, Fieldfare Turdus pilaris, Song Thrush Turdus philomelos, Redwing Turdus iliacus, Grasshopper Warbler Locustella naevia, Savi's Warbler Locustella luscinioides, Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus, Marsh Warbler Acrocephalus palustris, Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus, Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca, Whitethroat Sylvia communis, Garden Warbler Sylvia borin, Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla, Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus, Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix, Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita, Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus, Goldcrest Regulus regulus, Firecrest Regulus ignicapillus, Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata, Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva, Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca, Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus, Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio, Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor, Rook Corvus frugilegus, Starling Sturnus vulgaris , Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs, Brambling Fringilla montifringilla, Serin Serinus serinus, Greenfinch Carduelis chloris, Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis, Siskin Carduelis spinus, Linnet Carduelis cannabina, Redpoll Carduelis flammea, Crossbill Loxia curvirostra, Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus, Lapland Bunting Calcarius lapponicus, Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis, Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla and Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus. Many of these species are subject to monitoring through the Breeding Bird Survey (Noble et al. 1999) and other relevant schemes. National Biodiversity Action Plans exist for several of the scarcer species and these are listed in Table 6.1. All these species are liable to occur – some in significant numbers – at many UK SPAs classified for other species.