Corncrake Breeding project

Since May we’ve been involved with Pensthorpe Conservation Trust’s Corncrake breeding project. Corncrakes are related to moorhens, coots and rails but differ from most members of the family in that they live on dry land. Corncrakes are very secretive, spending most of their time hidden in tall vegetation, with their presence only betrayed by the male’s rasping call. Sadly they have suffered a severe decline in numbers due to changes in agricultural practices, in particular, early mowing. Pensthorpe is rearing captive bred Corncrakes and releasing them in the Wensum Valley. We have been involved in their pre-release health check, which includes taking a blood sample so their sex can be determined by their DNA. To find out more visit: