As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Cold spring causes a decline in corncrake numbers

Corncrakes had been recovering following decades of decline

Numbers of one of Scotland's rarest birds, the corncrake, have dramatically declined, according to RSPB Scotland.

The charity said the number of male birds counted had decreased by 23% from 1,260 in 2012 to 971 in 2013.

It said the cold spring had halted the growth of tall grasses which were essential to the species' habitat and for breeding.

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