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Huge gaps in protection for bird migration routes

More than 90 per cent of the world’s migratory bird species are threatened by loss of habitat and lack of protection along their flight routes, according to a survey by University of Queensland biologists.

The UQ study examined 8,200 global sites that are internationally recognised by scientists as significant breeding, food and resting areas for migratory birds.

It found that only 22 per cent were fully protected, and 41 per cent were only partially protected because they overlapped with conservation zones.

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