DE­CLIN­ING BUNTINGS

Bird Watching (UK) - - Species Yellowhammer -

Our three com­mon­est species of bunt­ing, Corn Bunt­ing, Reed Bunt­ing and the Yel­lowham­mer, have all suf­fered strong de­clines in re­cent decades, but one species has seen an up­turn in its num­bers fol­low­ing a se­vere and dras­tic de­cline. The Cirl Bunt­ing was once a wide­spread bird found across much of south­ern Eng­land, but by 1989, a lit­tle more than 100 pairs of this pretty bird sur­vived ,and vir­tu­ally all of these were re­stricted to south Devon. Thanks to the ef­forts of Nat­u­ral Eng­land and the RSPB, a large amount of re­search and con­ser­va­tion work has been car­ried out. As a re­sult the bird, although still re­stricted in range, has seen its num­bers climb steadily and there are now about 900 pairs. It is still un­der threat, but the steady in­crease in num­bers is an en­cour­ag­ing sign.

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