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Set-aside lifeline hauled back

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  • almuthbernstinguk
    http://www.rspb.org.uk/news/details.asp?id=tcm:9-171075 RSPB, 26 September 2007 [Photo: Stone-curlews will be particularly at risk because many farmers have
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 1, 2007
      http://www.rspb.org.uk/news/details.asp?id=tcm:9-171075

      RSPB, 26 September 2007


      [Photo: "Stone-curlews will be particularly at risk because many
      farmers have created nesting areas for them on set-aside."]

      "The decision today to scrap a measure that has helped farmland
      birds across Europe will damn many species to further declines.

      Numbers of skylarks, yellowhammers and linnets could plummet another
      five per cent now that the EU has abolished set-aside - a 19-year-
      old requirement for some fields on every arable farm to be left
      fallow.

      Set-aside has been a boon for farmland birds whose populations have
      dropped by 40 per cent in the last 30 years.

      Stone-curlews will be particularly at risk because many farmers have
      created nesting areas for them on set-aside.

      Gareth Morgan, Head of Agriculture Policy at the RSPB, said: 'We're
      very disappointed with this decision particularly since nothing is
      being done to provide alternative benefits for wildlife.

      Set-aside has been a boon for farmland birds whose populations have
      dropped by 40 per cent in the last 30 years.
      'Set-aside land had become a giant bird table for many species and a
      place where birds could nest safe from farm machinery.

      'Even one year without it will seriously affect the government's
      hopes of halting farmland bird declines and it is crucial now that
      Defra encourages and rewards farmers for continuing to help the
      wildlife on their farms.'

      Environment Secretary Hilary Benn is expected to announce the
      government's response to the EU decision tomorrow."
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