We have previously drawn attention (Brit. Birds 91: 206) to the dramatic decline in breeding-bird populations on the North Staffordshire Moors, no doubt largely linked to agricultural changes that have included overgrazing and drainage. It had been hoped that, with modern site designation, the downward spiral could be halted. Regrettably, this was not to be. In 1997, Birchenough & Goodwin purc

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