A EUROPEAN bird survey has identified three birds found in the south east as fading towards extinction.
The European Red List of birds identifies the turtledove, lapwing, and Dartford warbler as being under threat.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has reiterated the need for increased protection.
Martin Harper, the RSPB’s conservation director, said: ‘It would have been unthinkable 20 years ago that birds like lapwing would be threatened species, now classed as vulnerable.
‘The status of many species is deteriorating across Europe, reinforcing our commitment to maintain the European Birds and Nature Directives to protect them and drive recovery programmes.’
RSPB spokesman Tim Webb said: ‘This is further evidence that we need to do more and to do it faster.
‘Proposals to review the EU’s core nature protection laws, the Nature Directives, can only cause further delay when action is clearly required.’