By Conor MacauleyBBC NI Agriculture & Environment Correspondent
3 March 2016
Conservationists are planting nettles on
in an attempt to trick an endangered species into landing and breeding there. Rathlin
They hope to fool Scottish corncrakes flying from
Africa to spring breeding grounds
in the highlands.
Rathlin is in the flight path of the migrating birds, which were once common here, but have all but died out.
There is still a breeding population in
Scotland and the RSPB hopes some may return to
Corncrake numbers began to decline in
with changes to farming. Northern Ireland
Their crek-crek call was a signal that summer was on its way.