Reclamation of Yellow Sea causing serious declines in migratory shorebirds

In-depth studies have indicated that rapid declines in three species of shorebird that migrate between Siberia and Australia is due to land reclamation along China's Yellow Sea coastline.

Research published in the Journal of Applied Ecology has revealed 20% reductions in the survival of three shorebirds that use Yellow Sea mudflats to refuel while migrating along the East Asian—Australasian Flyway. The three species – Red Knot Calidris canutus, Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris and Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica – nest in different areas of north-east Siberia but rely on staging posts in the Yellow Sea before wintering together in Western Australia.

Last updated on 15 February 2016

Type: 
Media Watch
Threats: 
Habitat loss and degradation
Species group: 
Birds