Caravan Club and RSPB Celebrate Five Years of Song Thrush Conservation
A five year partnership with The Caravan Club is helping the RSPB to carry out vital work to
protect farmland birds.
(PRWEB) December 5, 2009 -- The Caravan Club is better known for providing quality caravan sites and services
for caravan owners across the UK and Ireland. However, a five year partnership is helping the RSPB to carry out
vital work to protect farmland birds.
The Caravan Club’s role as Champion for the Song Thrush is part funding RSPB advisory work with farmers and
landowners aimed at benefiting the Song Thrush and other declining birds across the countryside1.
Song Thrushes have been in long-term decline with numbers falling by around 50% between 1970 and 2007. The
decline appears to be caused by a combination of lack of food and lack of nesting sites, both brought about by
intensive farming methods. However, the latest report into the state of the UK’s birds found that the species has
shown a welcome increase since the low of the mid 90s, up by around 25%.
The RSPB works directly with and provides conservation advice to more than 3,000 farmers and crofters every
year to find ways to improve yields of farmland birds. The efforts made to manage farms in a way that will
benefit wildlife has been a welcome contribution to the increase in population numbers, however there is still
room for improvement if we are to see numbers of farmland birds return to their previous numbers.
The Caravan Club has not only provided financial support to the RSPB’s farmland work, but has also introduced
a range of practical measures on its own caravan sites so they are more attractive to wildlife. By creating
bird-feeding stations, wildlife margins and habitat piles, The Caravan Club is providing homes for wildlife that
may not otherwise visit these places.
Chris Corrigan, Regional Director of the RSPB in the South East, said, “The Caravan Club’s support over the last
five years has made a huge contribution to conserving this speci