Farming blamed for kestrel deaths


13 September 1999


Farming blamed for kestrel deaths


INTENSIVE farming methods are being blamed for the latest decline in species of birds — this time the kestrel and yellowhammer.

They join the skylark, linnet and bullfinch in a list of 20 species which have declined, according to research from the Breeding Birds survey.

The survey shows that some bird species declining generally across Britain are actually on the increase in Scotland.

Scotlands population of red grouse has increased by 44% in five years.

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