A conversation with Nial Moores, Director of Birds Korea, on the Endangered Scaly-sided Merganser Mergus squamatus. In winter the ROK/South Korea holds an important proportion of the global population of ‘Scalies’ (which is estimated to be only around 1700 pairs) and Nial had just returned from a survey of suitable rivers looking for them. He found around fifty spread across a small number of sites, and in this podcast talks about the biology of this beautiful river duck, and the threats the species faces.
This podcast has been produced in partnership with Birds Korea to promote the conservation of birds and habitats in Korea and the wider Yellow Sea Eco-region.
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Birds Korea recognizes that wild birds are beautiful and inspirational, and that many wild bird species are excellent bio-indicators of the ecological character of habitats, and of changes to these habitats and to the global environment. Successful conservation of wild birds entails conservation of a wide range of naturally productive habitats and sites, vital to the long-term survival of other biodiversity, including people.”
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