This is a video of a yellowhammer having lunch in a cornfield.
Don’t set aside set-aside: Europe’s nature under further threat as Commission decides to reduce set-aside to 0%
The European Commission has published its proposal to reduce the rate of set-aside to 0% for the 2008 harvest year.
BirdLife International regrets this decision as the annulment of set-aside for 2008 could deal a severe blow to the already struggling farmland bird populations and other wildlife.
Set-aside represents an important refuge for wildlife in intensive farmed landscapes. For example, researchers in the UK have observed that when the set-aside area was halved in the 1990s, the number of farmland birds also showed a serious decline. Recently published research from Sweden has demonstrated the link between set-aside level and numbers of farmland birds such as Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus, Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis, Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris and Eurasian Linnet Carduelis cannabina.
Eurasian Skylark and Northern Lapwing use set-aside to nest, rare plants grow in these untouched pieces of farmland and Yellowhammer Emberiza Citrinella and Corn Bunting Miliara Calandra profit from the extra food.
Corn buntings in Scotland: here.