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.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Rare birds flourishing at Staffordshire nature reserve

After carrying out a number of bird surveys, the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has announced species including oystercatcher, lapwing and redshank are living and continuing to breed at Croxall Lakes near Alrewas.

All three species are in decline across the country, with the lapwing’s breeding population having fallen by more than 40 per cent in the last 18 years. According to figures from the British Trust for Ornithology, the redshank has declined by more than 60 per cent in the last 35 years. As a result, the bird has been put on the ‘red list’ by the RSPB for its rarity.

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