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The corncrake is red-listed in Ireland due to severe decline in breeding population. The European population is currently evaluated as depleted due to a large historical decline and, in fact, the corncrake is threatened with global extinction.

The decline of the corncrake is due in most part to intensive farming practices including early mowing to make silage and mechanised hay-making practices which have destroyed nests and driven corncrakes from old habitats. Corncrakes are now confined to areas where difficult terrain precludes the use of machinery.

Image (c) by Ron Knight used under Creative Commons License BY 2.0.

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