||<p>Although the Government has not undertaken this specific assessment, we closely
monitor trends in bird populations. These trends have long been considered to provide
a good indication of the broad state of our wildlife.</p><p> </p><p>In November last
year, the Government published <em>Wild Bird Populations in England, 1970 to 2017</em>.
Overall, this showed that the combined all-species index has changed little compared
with around 45 years ago. However, there was much variation in numbers between species,
with some species increasing and some species decreasing.</p>