Farmland Birds

"You could hear the corncrakes in the field opposite, Ahkk! Ahkk! Ahkk! Aye, you often used to hear corncrakes, then they gradually got less and less." Ted R

A corncrake’s rasping call was once an integral part of the Cumbrian landscape. But the change from traditional farming methods to modern and highly mechanised agricultural practises has had serious consequences for the corncrake and many other farmland birds. Farmland bird habitats such as hay meadows and many upland areas have altered greatly with agricultural intensification.

The corncrake, once found in virtually every parish in Cumbria, declined from the 1950s and is now near extinct in Cumbria as a breeding bird, as is the Corn Bunting. The Lapwing is almost totally absent from the valleys and moors of central Lakeland.