RSPB monitoring Whinchats

The RSPB has fitted tracking devices to 19 Whinchats at their Geltsdale reserve in an attempt to find out why these migrants are in serious decline.

Whinchats migrate from Africa every year to breed in the uplands of the UK, but since the mid-1990s the number of birds arriving here has halved.

RSPB conservation scientist Malcolm Burgess and three volunteers located and tagged the birds over the summer, and are hoping to use the information gathered to better map the species movements and discover where they overwinter.