Farmers in the South West have helped to save a rare farmland bird in a 25-year collaboration with the RSPB. Farmers and the RSPB don’t always see eye to eye, but by working together they have increased the population of an extraordinary little bird – the cirl bunting – by more than 900%. Over the past quarter of a century, farmers in south-west England have been encouraged to grow spring barley, leave stubbles over winter and delay cutting hedgerows, as […]
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One of the UK’s most endangered songbirds is no longer on the brink of extinction, the RSPB says.
Conservation programme sees numbers of the endangered cirl bunting reach 1,078 pairs – up from just 118 in 1989
One of Britain’s most threatened farmland birds has reached a major milestone in its recovery from the brink of extinction, figures show.
A nationwide survey by the RSPB shows the UK population of the cirl bunting – a small, finch-like bird – has reached 1,078 pairs after numbering just 118 in 1989.