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We’re heading to court to try to stop an avian apocalypse

More than 90 per cent of migratory birds need more protection on their journeys around the world. Fighting for them in court may be the best way to avert catastrophe, says James Thornton

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30 September 2020

BIRDS are vital. They are landscape creators, habitat regulators and pollinators, as well as treasured wildlife. But they are under threat everywhere in the world and, without protection, their future could be very grim indeed.

Migratory birds are a case in point. Their arrival and departure dates have fascinated people for millennia. What is evident is that a typical migratory bird relies on many different locations throughout its annual cycle for food, rest and breeding. This is crucial for survival. Our activity increasingly intersects with migration paths, with impacts ranging from landscape changes to noise, light and …