National Trust for Jersey wants land 'to save birds'

Cirl bunting The cirl bunting was among those birds assessed in the study

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The National Trust for Jersey has said it wants to buy land on the north coast of the island to help protect birds.

A recent study into the island's bird population found 33 endangered species including the yellowhammer and cirl bunting.

The trust wants to buy some of the Sorel headland for its Birds on the Edge project.

National Trust for Jersey president, Celia Jeune, said it would be sad if the birds' song was not heard anymore.

The study by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, the Department of Environment and the Societe Jersiaise, took three months and collated information from the past 20 years.

It was the first time the threat each bird breed faced was assessed.

It found species including the puffin and the cuckoo were in real danger of extinction in Jersey.

The National Trust for Jersey hopes by buying the land it will be able to reverse this.

The various species of birds were divided into three sections - red, amber and green - according to the level of threat they face.

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