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Species promotion Corn Bunting

Five to twelve for the Corn Bunting

The Corn Bunting has declined by about 80% in Switzerland since 1990. While it was already listed as vulnerable on the Red List in 2010, it had to be classified as threatened with extinction in 2022. Today, some 100 pairs still breed in a small number of areas in Switzerland. As a ground-breeding species, the Corn Bunting is dependent on structurally rich areas in cultivated land which are used extensively and late. It likes to use wildflower strips as breeding grounds. The disappearance of the Corn Bunting is to be prevented based on in-depth knowledge of the ecology of the species and specific promotion measures, in particular at the remaining breeding sites in Switzerland.

Domain Conservation
Unit Species Recovery
Topic Species Recovery, Habitat Promotion, Ecology
Habitat farmland, semi-open farmland, meadows and pastures
Project start 2022
Project status ongoing
Project management Stephanie Michler Keiser
Project region Basel Land, Bern, Fribourg, Geneva, Lucerne, Schaffhausen, Solothurn, Vaud


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Corn Bunting
The finch-size Corn Bunting is a plain bird. It is, however, larger than other buntings but of an inconspicuous colour similar to that of a lark without a breeding plumage that is recognisable in the field. Its song is rather monotonous. It appears squat and often dangles its legs during short fl...
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Wildlife conservation coordinates the development, improvement and dissemination of measures in favour of priority bird species that cannot be helped by habitat protection alone. Together with BirdLife Switzerland and the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), the department also coordinates the “Species Recovery for Swiss Birds” programme.

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