Sand Martin declared Czech Republic’s bird of year

The Sand Martin has been declared bird of the year in the Czech Republic. Ornithologists have called for protection of the smallest member of the swallow family, whose nesting has been impacted by changes linked to the management of the Czech Republic’s river system. Between 15,000 and 30,000 pairs of Sand Martins are believed to nest in the country every year.

Author: Ian Willoughby