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.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Highclere Castle helping to protect rare birds

Last updated Sat 31 May 2014

Highclere Castle in Berkshire, the set of Downton Abbey, is helping to protect one of the UK's rarest and most unusual birds, the Stone Curlew.

The Castle has teamed up with the RSPB to help the endangered bird nest safely on the estate's farmland.

Around 150 pairs of stone-curlews, a third of the UK population, are concentrated in Wiltshire, Hampshire and Berkshire.

The stone-curlew has distinctive large yellow staring eyes with a black pupil, long yellow legs and a yellow bill with a black tip. It nests on the ground and has declined largely as a result of changes in farming practice.

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