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Cats ‘should wear bells’ to help revive declining bird population | UK | News

Cats ‘should wear bells’ to help revive declining bird population | UK | News

Cats should wear bells to alert birds to their presence. That is the view of Natural England chairman Tony Juniper who has come up wiith a number of ways to revive Britain’s declining bird population. Speaking to BBC Radio 4, he said: “Yes, I think bells on cats is a good idea. There’s been work done on that to work out the effectiveness of it and it certainly wouldn’t do any harm.” Mr Juniper raised concerns about the overall declining numbers of birds while lamenting the loss of spring birdsong on International Dawn Chorus Day, reports The Telegraph. Data shows the British bird popular has been steadily in decline since the 1970s, with numbers now around 15 percent lower than they were back then. It has had a significant impact on spring dawn chorus, with Mr Juniper saying there are no longer thrushes outside his Cambridge home. Cats are estimated to kill around 27 million birds a year, with the RSPB finding they kill 41 percent fewer when they’re wearing a bell. The PDSA however …