Hence it will cause him no surprise that there should be geese and frigate-birds with webbed feet, either living on the dry land or most rarely alighting on the water; that there should be long-toed corncrakes
living in meadows instead of in swamps; that there should be woodpeckers where not a tree grows; that there should be diving thrushes, and petrels with the habits of auks.
Silent, like sorrowing children, the birds have ceased their song, and only the moorhen's plaintive cry and the harsh croak of the corncrake
stirs the awed hush around the couch of waters, where the dying day breathes out her last.
Figures released in response to a Freedom of Information request show the area with the largest concentration of corncrakes
in the country are islands off Donegal where 86 calling males were detected during the summer including 43 spotted on Inishbofin and Inishdooey.
As Ospreys have become established in Wales over the last decade, so Corncrakes
But experts led by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) are warning the new rules for England and Wales could hit wildlife such as barn owls, corncrakes
and red kites.
are rare birds of humid grasslands.
declined dramatically in the 20th century as farming changed, but they have been recovering in western Scotland thanKs to crofters and conservation groups.
A vast tranquil woodland and water meadows, it is home to such species as otters, corncrakes
and even flamingos and red squirrels.
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But he is most excited about visiting the reserve on the Outer Hebrides in July to see corncrakes
which are one of the only British species he has never seen.
Of course, the usual suspects are queuing up to bag the credit: al-Qaeda quickly claimed responsibility, hailing the Lincolnshire attack as "yet another blow against the Evil One in Washington" while the Provisional Wing of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds put it down to a suicide bird strike by kamikaze corncrakes
sensing rain on wind, we could almost hear the witch whose cast spell named this place, the hard shriek, the White Cow lowing in stone.