THE familiar call of the corncrake is once again on the increase in Northern Ireland.
Jim Shannon, DUP MP for Strangford, has welcomed the news that Corncrakes are back in certain parts of Northern Ireland. He said, “In the last 30 years the numbers of corncrakes has fallen to a point where they were nearly extinct here. However, over the last few years there has been a resurgence in the numbers with many farmers stating that they have heard the call of the Corncrake in the meadows again.
“Although this is a small beginning it is proof that many landowners are working alongside the RSPB and other conservation bodies to retain and create the habitat that the corncrake love. There has been a success story in Scotland with about 1300 being recorded.
“Next is Northern Ireland and it is hoped that the once familiar call of the Corncrake will be as regular in the fields and countryside here as right across the UK.”