The decline of the Corn Crake Crex crex is a familiar, if depressing, story. Mechanical mowing and the early harvesting of crops, before the end of the breeding season, have had a catastrophic effect on Corn Crakes in Britain and across much of western Europe. The Corn Crake has been listed as `Globally Threatened', although recent and more optimistic assessments of the large population in Russia m...

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