12 August 1999
Modern farming ‘damages landscape’

Corn

  THE British Trust for Ornithology and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds have warned that modern intensive farming has “severely damaged” the landscape.

They say farmland wildlife has been sent into a steep decline in Britain. Some 10 million breeding individuals of 10 species of farmland birds have disappeared in the past 20 years.

The researchers say that much of the problem has been caused by the Common Agricultural Policy, which has subsidised production, kept prices artificially high and created massive surpluses.

Corn bunting – species in decline