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, 9 November 2015

Farmers hold key to survival of threatened bird species, says RSPB

 By WMNPBowern  |  Posted: October 29, 2015

Lapwing, in danger of extinction

Farmers hold the key to saving the Westcountry’s most threatened bird species, Britain’s biggest conservation charity said today.

The RSPB said farmers had stepped in before to make special efforts to ensure the survival of at-risk birds – and they could do so again.

The charity’s spokesman in the South West, Tony Whitehead, was responding to a report from the government into the state of farmland birds – and to international research into UK species at risk.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature this week added turtle doves and lapwings to its red list of endangered birds. Meanwhile the government's farmland bird indicator reveals a 2% increase in farmland birds in 2014 – although there has been a decline of over 50% since the 1970s.

But Mr Whitehead praised the efforts of farmers in the past who had made strenuous efforts to pull threatened bird populations out of the danger zone – and called on them to help out again.

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