Direct destruction of breeding habitat by planting poplar Traditional mowing in the Moyenne Vallée de l'Oise Testing the “friendly bar” mower in Normandy
Ongoing hay harvesting in the Basses Vallées Angevines (Lower Anjou Valleys) G. Mourgaud compiling biometric data (LPO Anjou) The Basses Vallées Angevines near Cheffes
A Corncrake A meadow partly destroyed by poplar stands, partly retained for hay harvesting G. Mourgaud (LPO Anjou) and a captured Corncrake

A threatened species

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Trend of the population

The decline of the Corncrake population has been reported since the 19th Century, and has even accelerated in the second half of the 20th century.
Over the past 50 years, the global population appears to have undergone a loss of more than 50 %.
In many areas where the species was once abundant, it has disappeared since the 1980s.


Protection and conservation status

The Corncrake is protected under :

  • The Bird Directive on the conservation of wild birds (79/409 EC of 6 April 1979)
  • The Berne Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats of 19 September 1979
  • The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals