Pesticides blamed for 'catastrophic' decline in French bird population


Two scientific studies have found that the bird population in France has fallen by as much as a third over the past 15 years, and in some regions by two-thirds, a situation described as 'catastrophic' by one biologist involved in the research and which is believed to be due to the decline in insect numbers due to the use of pesticides.

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Bird populations across the French countryside have fallen by a third over the last decade and a half, researchers have said, reports The Guardian.