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Fight to save Cornwall's buntings
Corn bunting
Numbers have fallen drastically in recent years
The RSPB is stepping up a campaign to protect a rare bird that has survived in Cornwall but disappeared in Devon and Somerset.

Three years ago only 50 pairs of corn buntings were left in the county - 80% of the birds have disappeared from their farmland habitats since 1980.

Now the RSPB is planning in-depth research into the breeding patterns of the birds.

It is hoped habitat work carried out by farmers will create safe nesting sites.

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