Have you heard the crex, crex?

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Corncrakes have been arriving since April 8 and their rasping calls are starting to be reported across the Hebrides, Western Isles, Orkney and the north of Scotland.

This noisy visitor migrates every year from central Africa and spends the summer raising chicks in the long vegetation around our crofts and farms.

The Inner Hebrides are a stronghold for corncrake but numbers of birds have decreased in the last decade and the fortune of this noisy bird remains precarious.

At the end of the 19th century, corncrakes bred in every region of the UK and tales of sleepless nights from the loud ‘crex crex’ were common. RSPB Scotland would love to know if this bird is causing sleep deprivation in your area! And with the launch of a new website for the project ‘Corncrake Calling’ RSPB Scotland are asking members of the public if they have seen or heard a corncrake.

Reports can be submitted online at www.rspb.org.uk/our-work/conservation/projects/corncrake-calling/report-a-corncrake and will help monitor the locations of the birds, particularly in areas where we least expect them.

With support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, RSPB Scotland working with farmers, crofters and communities helping to improve the breeding success of this rare bird.

If you would like to get involved in the project, managing habitat, reporting corncrake calling or signing up as a Corncrake Champion, you can visit the website at the location above, or email CorncrakeCalling@rspb.org.uk