Moor scheme boosts birds

Bird Watching (UK) - - News Wire -

A SUR­VEY OF breed­ing bird species at East­ern Moors in Der­byshire’s Peak District has shown the area to be a sur­pris­ing haven for up­land species that are van­ish­ing from the rest of Bri­tain. Since the RSPB and the Na­tional Trust took over the man­age­ment of the moors, which lie on the edge of Sh­effield, Whin­chat num­bers have more than dou­bled, Sky Lark (pic­tured) num­bers have tre­bled, and num­bers of Meadow Pipit and Curlew, which were both de­creas­ing over the UK, have also in­creased. Con­ser­va­tion­ists be­lieve that the suc­cess of th­ese species is due to a re­duc­tion in graz­ing and a shift to­wards us­ing the land to raise cat­tle, which has led to an in­crease of po­ten­tial nest sites and food sources such as in­sects.

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