Reed Bunting

Latin name: Emberiza schoeniclus

The Reed bunting is one of a suite of species that favour moorland fringe habitats, with Reed Buntings inhabiting the wetter areas. These habitats are common in the Yorkshire Dales National Park such as on the upper slopes of the Dales.

It is hoped that increased bird recording through involvement in the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) will improve our knowledge of a range of upland bird species in the Dales.

At risk?

The population of this species is thought to be declining in the UK. In 2007 it became a UK Biodiversity Action Plan priority species and in 2011 it was added to Nature in the Dales: 2020 Vision the second biodiversity action plan for the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

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Wharfedale in Yorkshire is a valley favoured by nature and enriched by romance. From 'Wharfedale' by Ella Pontefract & Marie Hartley

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