Or the corn bunting to give him his proper name! The nickname 'fat bird of the barley’ comes from their rotund appearance and their association with cereal cultivation.

Corn bunting by Andy Hay (rspb-images.com)

Corn buntings used to be widespread throughout Europe, but are now one of the fastest declining farmland birds. There are just 800 singing males left in Scotland, mostly in the eastern lowlands. Now, a trial management scheme on 19 farms across Aberdeenshire and Inverness-shire may have discovered the key to their survival.

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