By Jessica Aldred

Popular puffin and curlew are among 15 species added to ‘red list’ of birds at risk of extinction locally, says a new report

More than a quarter of the UK’s birds including much-loved species such as the curlew and puffin are now fighting for survival, a new report warns.

The latest assessment of the status of the UK’s 244 birds has “red-listed” 27% as being of “highest conservation concern” – meaning urgent action is needed to prevent their extinction locally.