8 August 1997


CROFTERS in the Western Isles and Outer Hebrides have been praised by the RSPB for rescuing one of the rarest farmland birds in the UK. Gwyn Williams, RSPB head of species and habitats policy, said numbers of corncrakes had risen from 580 pairs to 610 pairs over the past year thanks to a grant aid package involving the Scottish Crofters Union and Scottish National Heritage.

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