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Wading Birds Iconic Too

As we enjoy the annual Bird Fair on Saturday and Sunday at the stunning Hopetoun House,  I note recent press on the effects of climate change and farming methods on Scotland’s wildlife.  Less ‘celebrated’ icons of our countryside unfortunately don’t tend to feature so prominently in coverage, but are just as affected.  Sadly some of the UK’s beautiful wading birds are in rapid decline – notably both lapwing and curlew numbers have halved since 1995 according to the British Trust for Ornithology.  It’s interesting that some very simple changes in rural land management can dramatically assist recovery of these species including the control of pest predators such as foxes, crows and stoats and the rewetting of rough grassland.  Such measures are already common practice on Scotland’s managed grousemoors where lapwings and curlews thrive.  The Scottish Land & Estates Moorland Group is working hard with RSPB and others to get this message heard and encourage more landowners to take simple, usually free measures to make sure we never lose these important and fascinating birds.  

 

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