Corn Buntings Come Back
According to the RSPB, corn buntings are making a comeback after a few simple measures implemented by farmers. These tiny little brown birds once were common across the UK countryside and were nicknamed the Corn Blob. However as intensive agriculture became the norm, the population crashed and all but disappeared. Fields were ploughed up and the birds had nowhere to nest their eggs. Now, however, thanks to environmental schemes sponsored by the EU’s “Common Agricultural Policy”, farmers are being encouraged to leave margins around fields planted with wild flowers so the little birds have places to nest and rest. These schemes have been proven to work and now corn buntings are becoming a more common sight, once again!