The corn bunting
, known as the "fat bird of the barley", was once widespread across the UK but underwent a rapid decline due to agricultural intensification.
Gianpiero's image 'Purple Emperor'took first place in the Digital Image section, with Nigel Atkins and Mike Belson being placed second and third with 'Corn Bunting
' and 'Jay' respectively.
| The top five most "valued" species by rarity: 1 Stone curlew; 2 Quail; 3 Cirl bunting; 4 Corncrake; 5 Corn bunting
. | The top five most "valued" species by population decline: 1 Turtle dove; 2 Grey partridge; 3 Whinchat; 4 Starling; 5 Cur lew.
At the end of the training participants should be able to identify at least 20 bird species which could be seen on farmland over winter, including chaffinch, tree sparrow, corn bunting
, linnet, lapwing, skylark and yellowhammer.
Cirl bunting numbers increase with each year, yet farmland birds common in my youth - birds such as the skylark, yellowhammer, corn bunting
, lapwing and tree sparrow - become more scarce with each season.
Nearby is a disused Second World War century eming gonflies arby rld airbase, where corn bunting
, yellowhammers, skylarks and hares gather.
| Like many farmland birds the Corn Bunting
is in deline - could a change in farm management made a difference?
There is nothing to be gained form a corn bunting
hopping about up your trouser leg.
Beyond Wales there are many examples of the effectiveness of this approach where nature declines have been halted and reversed, including several bird species eg corn bunting
in Devon, stone curlew in East Anglia and corncrakes in the Western Isles of Scotland.
Farmland birds, such as the corn bunting
, are among the hardest hit.
Ymwelwyr eraill a welwyd yn y gerddi oedd bras y cyrs (reed bunting), bras melyn (corn bunting
), siglen lwyd (grey wagtail), coch dan adain (redwing) a'r socan eira (fieldfare).