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Clydesdale MSP, Aileen Campbell joined the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) on a tour of the Clyde Valley Wader Initiative in the Upper Clyde Valley.

As the numbers of breeding waders such as lapwing, curlew and redshank have declined, the RSPB in conjunction with Scottish Agricultural College and local farmers in the Upper Clyde Valley, have worked together to undertake ‘wader-friendly’ farming practices to help preserve and increase the bird population in the area.

During the tour, Ms Campbell was shown how the RSPB are implementing and monitoring the initiative at selected farms in the Crawfordjohn area. The scheme not only helps to protect the wader population in the local area, but with nearly forty farms participating in the project, the local economy has benefitted from ?1 million of management payments due to the area’s involvement in the agri-environment scheme.

Commenting, Aileen Campbell said:

"The RSPB’s tour of the Clyde Wader Initiative in the Upper Clyde Valley was really interesting and highlighted how conservationists and farmers can successfully work together to the benefit of wildlife and the agricultural sector.

"Clyde Wader numbers have dropped over the last few decades and the measures being used by farmers here in Clydesdale are helping to ensure the correct habitat remains for the birds to breed and increase their numbers.

"I am encouraged that this type of scheme is in operation in Clydesdale. Not only will it help to protect our wildlife for future generations, it is ensuring that local farmers who in this part of Clydesdale often farm less intensively, are appropriately supported and rewarded for their work."

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