A cull of crows and magpies is soon to be implemented at sites in
England, Scotland and Wales. It is funded by the group, Songbird
Survival, who blame Corvids for the decline in certain songbird populations,
despite prior studies by the British Trust for Ornithology and the Royal
Society for the protection of birds (RSBP). Both have exonerated
Corvids as a cause for songbird decline.
The Royal Society for the
protection of Birds believes the decrease in numbers of songbirds has been
caused by the increase use of agricultural chemicals, the destruction of
hedgerows and the loss of wild flowers which has led to a loss of nesting
areas, lack of food for chicks, and lack of food in the winter. They
found that songbird numbers were no different in places where there were
many magpies from places where there were few.