Corncrakes on Skye

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27th April 2019


Corncrake time again! The unmistakable ‘Crex Crex’ call of a male corncrake has been heard on the island in the last couple of days indicating their successful return from migration. This also triggers the start of the annual summer survey. Their repetitive and persistent calling is the male looking for a mate.If you hear or see a corncrake please can you contact me or Skye Birds, with the date, time and location that you heard or saw it. All reports from Skye Birds are extremely helpful with the summer survey which we carry out across the corncrake’s Scottish range.They nest on agricultural land and you are most likely to find them on the in-bye of crofts. These birds are extremely rare and vulnerable and it is important that you don’t disturb or approach them. Best way is to keep out of the meadows and stay on the roads. Good luck!

If you would like to know more about the work RSPB is doing on Skye for corncrakes please get in touch.

Thanks and have a great summer!


RSPB Corncrake Project Officer, Isle of Skye

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