|Vatican||POPE FEARS FOR FUTURE OF THE SWALLOW|
The Pope is meeting UK wildlife campaigners at the Vatican to discuss the crisis facing one of Europe's best-loved birds, the swallow.|
Representatives from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and LIPU, the Italian Bird Conservation organisation, will meet the Pope to discuss the impact of chemicals on crops.
A spokesman for the RSPB said: "The fact that the Pope is interested is an encouraging sign for people across Europe.
"We would hope that decision makers will take this on board. The Pope has flagged a problem that conservationists have been complaining about for many years.
"To have the decline of a wild bird raised at such a high level is crucial to people's understanding that swallows are in crisis."
|6 July 00|