Farmland and croftland birds

Scotland’s farmland and croftland are crucial to a range of bird species that have successfully adapted to these man-modified habitats.

Farmland birds have lived alongside people for centuries, but changes we make in our agricultural practices can have big impacts on them.

Intensification of farming has led to significant declines in some previously common birds such as the corn bunting, and an increase in others, like Greenland barnacle geese.

A range of options are available under the Scottish Rural Development Programme to support the farmland birds that need help, and much positive work has been done under this scheme.

Low-intensity agriculture, particularly in the Hebrides, still provides ideal conditions for high densities of breeding waders. Species found here in large numbers include the dunlin, oystercatcher, ringed plover and redshank.

Find out more

Read our guidance for planners and developers on protected animals.

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