CONSERVATIONISTS have warned that one of Scotland’s rarest birds may be driven to extinction after their numbers dropped by a third in just three years

Corncrake Richard Wesley Flikr

RSPB Scotland fear that corncrakes may vanish from the islands and isolated areas they still call home within 20 years due to a loss of breeding grounds and suitable habitats.

Once widespread across Scotland, the birds have all but disappeared from the mainland except for a few pockets in the North West coast.

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The RSPB have an excellent section where you can learn all about the corncrake on their website - click here

Predation by birds of prey, cats, mink and otters is the main cause of adult mortality in the breeding areas and some birds are also killed by road traffic and collisions with fences and overhead wires